Baruchel rocks with ‘Rebel’

Harkema to helm punk-band pic

VANCOUVER — Jay Baruchel is set to star in “The Rebel Kind,” based on a memoir by John Armstrong, aka Buck Cherry, frontman of 1980s Vancouver-based band, “The Modernettes.”

Pic chronicles the emergence of the city’s punk-rock scene via a successful band that throws in the towel, realizing the deep cost of pursuing superstardom.

“The Rebel Kind” will be helmed by Reg Harkema (“Monkey Warfare,” “Leslie, My Name is Evil”) who has also inked the script.

Patrick Carroll, Andria Spring (“Donovan’s Echo,” “The Thaw”) and Kevin Eastwood (“Fido,” “Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson”) are attached to produce via Eastwood’s Optic Nerve Films.

Budget is around $5 million with some financing from Telefilm, Movie Central and eOne shingle, Hidden Agenda. The pic will lense next fall in Vancouver.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Vancouver was a huge hotbed of musical activity in the early 80s,” said Eastwood, who spent seven years at Anagram Pictures as an in-house producer. “At the time, Vancouver was one of the three axis points of the universe — there was London, New York — and then there was Vancouver.”

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