Malin Akerman to Play Debby Harry, Other Actresses to Portray Legendary Singers

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Malin Akerman has been tapped to portray Debbie Harry in the upcoming biopic, "CBGB." The biopic follows the famed New York music venue and stars Alan Rickman ("Harry Potter" movies) as Hilly Kristal. Kristal opened the club in New York as a way to provide country, bluegrass and blues bands a venue to play. When he realized those acts were hard to find, he opened it up to a number of local musical talent, one of which was Harry's band Blondie.

"CBGB" is not the first musical movie that Akerman is set to appear in as she also stars in the upcoming "Rock of Ages" with Tom Cruise this summer. The actress is also not the first person to take on the role of a legendary female musician in a movie.

Dakota Fanning ("The Runaways")

Dakota Fanning stars in the 2010 biopic "The Runaways," as Cherie Currie in the '70s all-female rock band. Along with Fanning, "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart stars as Joan Jett and "Halloween" star Scout Taylor-Compton portrays Lita Ford in the movie.

While Stewart was the big name in the movie, it was Fanning who had built a solid reputation as a respected movie star, thanks to appearances in movies directed by icons like Steven Spielberg and Tony Scott. However, her reputation as one of the best child stars working was what made "The Runaways" so shocking. In the movie, Fanning stars as a rebellious 15-year girl consumed by the rock and roll lifestyle of drugs and alcohol.

Sissy Spacek ("Coal Miner's Daughter")

30-years before Dakota Fanning took on the role of a young girl consumed by the industry, Sissy Spacek took on the role of Loretta Lynn, a small town country girl who became one of the biggest county music stars of all time. In real life, Lynn married her husband when she was 13, had four kids by the age of 19 and started her musical career at the age of 25.

Spacek, who was already a star thanks to performances in movies like Stephen King's "Carrie" and Terrence Malick's "Badlands," became a superstar with "Coal Miner's Daughter." The role, in which Lynn herself handpicked the actress to play, earned Spacek an Academy Award, her only win in six nominations.

Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line")

"Walk the Line" followed the career of country legend Johnny Cash, from his early days to his highest points. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon both picked up Oscar nominations for Johnny and June Carter, respectively. While Phoenix won an Oscar for his portrayal, it was the scenes with the two actors singing and performing together that helped make the movie great.

The pair also performed most of the songs in the movie, with Witherspoon singing on four tracks on the official soundtrack itself.

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