It’s T–minus zero for the CBGB movie, which began shooting June 25 at Meddin Studios. The nightclub facade, famous awning and all, has been erected on Congress Street.
For the next few weeks, Savannah will be crawling with the famous, the almost famous and a thespian or two from the “Where have I seen that guy?” file.
If past film shoots are any indication, we should get used to seeing some of these folks around town after dark, when the production day is done and they’re looking for something to do.
Having said that, I can’t honestly imagine running into Alan Rickman at Karaoke night somewhere. But watch out for the following:
Rupert Grint. Oh, you know this guy: Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. Also quite funny in the underrated Wild Target with Bill Nighy and Emily Blount.
Malin Akerman. She plays the Rolling Stone reporter in the current Rock of Ages; see also Wanderlust, Watchmen.
Donal Logue. From numerous movie roles, the TV series Life and Terriers, and one of my all–time favorite short–lived series, The Knights of Prosperity.
Ashley Greene. Alice Cullen in the Twilight film series.
Freddy Rodriguez. From Six Feet Under and Ugly Betty. He was in Grindhouse! And he played Gustavo in Bottle Shock, the previous film from Unclaimed Freight, the makers of CBGB.
Johnny Galecki. Leonard Hofstadter on TV’s The Big Bang Theory.
Stana Katic. Kate Beckett on the TV series Castle.
Mickey Sumner. From TV’s The Borgias, and the upcoming Kristen Wiig film Imogene.
Josh Zuckerman. From TV’s 90210 and Desperate Housewives.
Estelle Harris. Yes, it’s Mrs. Costanza from Seinfeld.
Joel David Moore. Colin Fisher on the TV series Bones; he was also in the big blue moneymaker Avatar.
Taylor Hawkins. He’s the drummer in Foo Fighters.
Ryan Hurst. Opie Winston on TV’s Sons of Anarchy.
Justin Bartha. Doug in the Hangover movies.
Julian Acosta. From TV’s The Defenders and Franklin & Bash.
Kerry Bishe. Lucy Bennett from TV’s Scrubs.