'Twilight' star to topline Randall Miller's punk indie
Ashley Greene, who plays Alice Cullen in the blockbuster “Twilight Saga,” has landed the female lead in Randall Miller’s “CBGB,” the story of the influential New York music venue and its impact on the punk rock scene.Greene is in talks to play Lisa Kristal, the daughter of CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, who will be played by Alan Rickman. Script depicts the younger Kristal as a fiery young woman who frequently clashes with her father but ends up working as the business manager of his club. She later attended law school to help her dad keep CBGB afloat before it shuttered in 2008. Kristal, who is now known as Lisa Kristal Burgman, controls the estate and is onboard to co-produce the indie pic. Malin Akerman (“Rock of Ages”) is set to co-star as Blondie singer Debbie Harry, while the rest of the ensemble includes Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki, Stana Katic, Joel David Moore, Peter Vack, Kerry Bische, Taylor Hawkins, Mickey Sumner, Steven Schub and Evan Alex Cole. Miller is directing from a script he co-wrote with Jody Savin. Miller and Savin’s Unclaimed Freight Prods. will produce with Brad Rosenberger, the former senior VP of Warner-Chappell Music. Kristal’s daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman, controls the estate and is onboard to co-produce. Shooting will start later this month in Savannah, GA. before the production moves to Gotham. Greene will soon be seen alongside Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman in The Weinstein Company comedy “Butter.” She also toplines Todd Lincoln’s horror pic “The Apparition,” which Warner Bros. and Dark Castle will release Aug. 24. Greene is repped by Innovative Artists, McKeon-Myones Management and attorney Bianca Levin.