Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins cast as Iggy Pop in CBGB film


The cast for the CBGB’s movie is filling up as we learn who will portray the key figures of the 70s music scene. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins gets the honor of playing Iggy Pop, Johnny Galecki from The Big Bang Theory is playing music manager Terry Ork, and Mickey Sumner of The Borgias is playing Patti Smith, arguably the queen CBGB’s and the downtown underground. In addition, Joel David Moore will play Joey Ramone, Julian Acosta will play Johnny Ramone, Steven Schub will play Dee Dee Ramone, and Evan Alex Cole will play Richard Hell.

As we previously reported about the CBGB’s film, the actors above join Alan Rickman as club founder Hilly Kristal, Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome from The Dead Boys, and Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry (who Smith apparently didn’t like).

Still no word on David Byrne and Lou Reed, or pre-scene glitter icons The New York Dolls, but there’s a hole in the film right now: no Television. As legend goes, Television ushered in the scene, running into Hilly Kristal as he first put up the CBGB awning. Driven by the dueling guitars of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, Television was the band that the CBGB scenesters looked up to.

Since they have Richard Hell cast (Hell co-founded Television and played bass until he and Verlaine had a falling out) and Smith used to date Verlaine, Television should be just around the corner.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

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