New trailer: "CBGB" movie tells story of famed music venue

A scene from the "CBGB" movie.
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CBGB may no longer be on the Bowery in New York City, but the music venue will get a second act on the big screen this fall.

The trailer for the upcoming movie about the famed music venue surfaced Thursday -- and it's filled with rock and roll throwbacks, featuring actors portraying everyone from The Ramones to Lou Reed and CBGB founder Hilly Kristal. "CBGB" stars Ashley Greene, Alan Rickman, Donal Logue, Freddy Rodriguez, Rupert Grint, Malin Akerman, Johnny Galecki, Justin Bartha and Bradley Whitford.

The trailer begins with the voice-over: "This club is going to be different." And it was. A musician later passes by the club in the film and asks: "What does CBGB stand for?" That would be Country, Bluegrass, Blues. But as we know, it's rock -- specifically punk-rock -- that prevailed at the now-shuttered music venue, which became a John Varvatos store in 2008. But before it housed men's clothing, 315 Bowery helped launch the careers of band such as The Ramones and Blondie.

Akerman, who plays Blondie singer Debbie Harry in "CBGB," told that director Randall Miller initially had a different role in mind for her. But she wanted to a play Harry: "I'm a big fan and I think most people are. She's just such a cool chick...The director and producer were great. I read the script and just said, 'Oh my goodness. I know you asked me to this other role, but I would love to just do Debbie Harry.' And they said, 'Yes.' And I was super excited about it."

"CBGB" will rock its way into theaters on Oct. 11.