CBGB, director Randall Miller’s upcoming film about the early years of the famous New York City rock club, has added three more to its cast. Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki is set to appear as Terry Ork, manager of the band Television and an Andy Wahol associate. Mickey Sumner will be playing singer Patti Smith will Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will be appearing as Iggy Pop.
The trio will be joining Alan Rickman as club owner Hilly Kristal, Rupert Grint as as Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome and Malin Akerman as Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry. Also in the cast are Steven Schub (Chicago 8) as Dee Dee Ramone, Evan Alex Cole (She’s Outta My League) as Richard Hell, Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back) as Legs McNeil and Kerry Bische (Red State) as Mary Harron.
As a fan of a number of the bands that got their start in the 1970s at CBGBs, I am pleased to see that many of those acts are going to be represented in the film. I am still anxiously waiting to see who will be cast as Joey Ramone and the members of Talking Heads.
The film is set to begin shooting in July with Savannah, GA set to stand in for Manhattan’s 1970s-era Bowery.