Biopics are a hard project to tackle for any director. You have to pay tribute to the source, think of the fan response to every artistic liberty, and respect and honor the legacy (or notoriety) of the person who is the subject of the film. But almost more than that, the director and casting director must find the perfect actor or actress for the role.
These guidelines would remain just as clear for the eventual big screen telling of the story behind one of the greatest new wave and punk rock bands of all time, Blondie, and of their fearless and iconic leader, Debbie Harry.
Being a superfan of the group and of Harry, myself, I've put together a list of five women who I think would be perfect choices to play the iconic Blondie frontwoman.
1. Taylor Momsen
Being cast as one of the greatest women in rock n'roll can be pretty tough if you don't have a set of stellar pipes all your own. Fortunately, that isn't the case with actress/singer Taylor Momsen whom you might remember as adorable Cindy Lou Who in 2003's How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She's beautiful, she's definitely got the voice, and her style all-around screams Debbie Harry, with a little Stevie Nicks thrown in for color.
2. Alice Eve
Alice Eve is probably one of the most promising up and coming actresses in Hollywood right now. Though we've already seen her in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, she hasn't quite hit A-list status yet. It's only a matter of time before she finds that one role that will help her achieve a legitimate big breakthrough. Could taking on Debbie Harry be that very role that propels Miss Eve into superstardom and eventual Oscar-nominee status? The answer is: most definitely.
3. Elisha Cuthbert
Elisha Cuthbert hasn't been too prominent in the Hollywood scene as of late, though she's currently starring alongside Ashton Kutcher in his Netflix original series, The Ranch. While it's definitely been some time since she stole the screen in The Girl Next Door, Cuthbert, like so many women, is due for a comeback and tackling the role of punk's most prominent female figure could be the very thing to set that in motion.
4. Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie is one of Hollywood's hottest stars right now. Her success following The Wolf of Wall Street catapulting her right into the critically despised but commercially successful Suicide Squad is something most people can only dream of achieving in their lifetime. And her star just keeps growing. Not to mention that she's already drawn inspiration from Debbie Harry in her current ongoing role as Harley Quinn in the DCEU. She's got the accent down, she's got the look, and she definitely has the acting chops.
5. Kirsten Dunst
Dunst was actually cast as Debbie Harry about ten years ago when French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) announced his intention to film a Blondie biopic. Though her presumed casting was met with initial fan backlash, Debbie Harry stood up for the Jumanji actress, calling her a "sweet person" and that she gave her blessing to Dunst to play her on the big screen. Even though that film is long since cancelled, could one be persuaded again to pick up the phone and give Dunst the opportunity to do what Debbie Harry herself gave her the blessing to do?
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Hopefully the combined star power of one of these fine ladies, the blessing of Debbie Harry and the other members of Blondie, a great script, and director will eventually come together to bring the true tale of struggle, success, betrayal, and redemption of this magnificent band to screens all over the world.