The Hangover's Justin Bartha Joins The Band With Rupert Grint In CBGB
When I think of The Hangover, the image of three men and a baby standing in an elevator comes to mind, and Justin Bartha isn't among them. If I were to add a fourth man to the mix, it might be Ken Jeong or Mike Tyson. While Justin Bartha's character Doug was kind of crucial to the whole plot of the movie, he really wasn't around much. This was his friends' adventure and as the groom, Doug was just along for the ride (and a really bad sunburn). I'm looking forward to seeing much more of the actor when he stars in NBC's upcoming Ryan Murphy/Allison Adler created comedy series The New Normal, which will have Bartha starring alongside The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells, playing a same-sex couple looking to adopt a child through a surrogate. While that's coming this fall, it looks like Bartha's also continuing with feature work.
Deadline is reporting that Bartha has joined the increasingly promising cast of the Randall Miller directed CBGB, a film that tells the story of the famous New York club, which played host to various up-and-coming punk and New Wave bands before closing its doors a few years back. Bartha has been tapped to play Stiv Bators, the lead singer of the Dead Boys. He isn't the only actor set to play a musician. Just last month, Rock of Ages' Malin Akerman signed on to play Debbie Harry of Blondie for the film, while Rupert Grint will play Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, and Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins is on board to play Iggy Pop. They join Alan Rickman (playing CBGB owner Hilly Kristal) and recently cast Ashley Greene, who's set to play Kristal's daughter. Johnny Galecki is also on board to play band manager Terry Ork.
Hopes will likely be riding high that this film does the memory of the club justice. The cast is certainly shaping up to be a good one, with so much potential for great chemistry. It'll be interesting to see how it all comes together. The movie is set to start shooting next month in Savannah, GA.
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