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Who's Directing Who In A Debbie Harry Biopic?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. We’ve got two stories today that are going to link you over to Film Ick, run by the always-enthusiastic Brendon Connelly. He takes great delight in running down a scoop, and I really like the blog he’s publishing these days. The first link over to his site is about the possibility of Michel Gondry directing a Debbie Harry biopic. At first glance, I didn’t like that idea, but I know her offstage life was anything but the typical rags to riches to rags story, and I actually do think there’s a lot of dramatic potential for Gondry if he is in fact making the film. I’m not sure if Kirsten Dunst is the right person for the part, but right now, this is all rumor anyway. You can read Brandon’s original story right here!

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  • Jan. 8, 2007, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Kirsten Dunst? nooooo

    by prbt

    Should be Zooey Deschanel...

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:02 a.m. CST



    Is not the right person for ANY part. She is on par with the Green Goblin costume as the 2 worst things about the spider man films. She's unattractive and totally one-note in her line deliveries. The best thing she's done was Interview with the vampire. Debbie Harry is HOT. They should get someone HOT to play her.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Maggie Gyllenhaal?

    by kikuchiyoboy

    She would have been perfect. But hey, what do I know? I'm no Exec.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Gondry is insufferably cutesy.

    by heywood jablomie

    Make him stop. Why doesn't Spike Jonze make a movie or two?

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    I second Maggie Gyllenhaal

    by smellmycheese

    Hot and definitely looks the part.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST

    I love maggie gyllenhaal

    by BadMrWonka she looks nothing like Debbie Harry. kirsten dunst looks more like her, but I don't think she could act her way out of a paper bag (unless it's the paper bag over christina ricci's face). maybe someone that splits the difference, and can act decently, and looks a little bit like harry. dunst is just kind of boring, but oh well<br><br>also, debbie harry is still around and doing stuff. isn't it a little disingenuous to make a biopic about her? she's not buddy holly, for god sake, what is she, 55?

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Second Maggie Gylenhaal

    by DOGSOUP

    That girl can fucking ACT. She'll need to for the scenes of sucking HR Geiger's cock. Hmmmm that maens Debbie Harry is so Goth.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Deborah Harry is 79 this year

    by Call me Kenneth

    and Chris Stein is being played by Beau Bridges.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Elisha Cuthbert obviously

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Elisha Cuthbert wins the Debbie Harry lookalike contest, but obviously Kirsten Dunst is the bigger name. Maggie Gyllenhaal...erm, what? In case y'all need reminding, Blondie was HOT. Maggie is...a decent actress. Ahem.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 5:27 a.m. CST

    79? Are you on crack?

    by Drworm2002

    she is turning 62 this year. I hope you was joking.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 5:49 a.m. CST

    MoonFace has the look

    by zekmoe

    but not the speaking voice. Cuthbert is probably good as well. I vote for Jennifer Shwallenback to play Chris Stein.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    That's very kind of you, Moriarty

    by Brendon

    The Maggie Gyllenhaal comments are 100% in keeping with my feeling... But Michel? His involvement makes me very happy.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    "Who is directing WHOM..."

    by Blanket-Man

    Grammar is dead. That's nothing new on AICN, though.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Why not Dakota Fanning?

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Call me crazy but...

    by Laserbrain

    I've thought for a while that Gwyn Paltrow would make a great Deb.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Elisha Cuthbert is the obvious choice!

    by SeymourClearly

    Elisha Cuthbert is the obvious choice to play DH as far as looks are concerned. Did everyone here forget that Debbie was super hot back in the 70's and 80's? I actually got a chance to meet her when she filmed Union City Blue. She was a DOLL!!!

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Debbie Harry and Elisha Cuthbert Comparison

    by SeymourClearly

    Here is a photo comparison.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Mattapooh

    Someone needs to explain to me why that hidious troll is an A-lister. She's brutally unattractive, has no personality and absolutely no acting talent. She's effectively brought down the quality of every flick she's ever been in. Keep her the hell out of this, Debbie Harry is way too hot and interesting for this sack of garbage to tarnish her.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Scarlet Johanson

    by riskebiz

    Scarlet seems a bit more Debbi Harry to me.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by Sledge Hammer

    I'd rather have someone who can act even if they don't look like an exact replica of the person in question, than someone who can't act (Dunst, Cuthbert) but who looks closer to the original person. Why? Because a good actor can make me believe in the character on the screen, a bad actor will never be able to do that, no matter what they look like on a purely surface level. People should perhaps be more concerned about them finding someone who can nail the personality and embody the spirit of Debbie Harry, rather than looking for someone who's more picture perfect, but who couldn't act their way out of a paper sack.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hurray for Maggie!!!

    by kikuchiyoboy

    I like Kirsten and Elisha and all, but Maggie just fits. Check her out in "Happy Endings", then try and tell me she can't be Debbie.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Gondry's idea for a White Stripes movie

    by myspoonistoobig

    sounded awesome. I interviewed him and he mentioned it. The premise was something like this: There would be actors playing Meg and Jack, and they would be on a little stage. The real Meg and Jack would describe some of their history and the fake Meg and Jack would act it out. I love Gondry.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    thank you blanket man

    by nushustu..

    As I was just about to put up that subject line myself. 'Who' replaces 'he.' 'Whom' replaces 'him.' go back to school, ya ignorami...

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Kirsten Dunst...

    by rbatty024

    is a talentless bag of bones. I like Gondry, but if she's miscast as Debbie Harry, then you can count me out.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Assraping the corpse of rock-n-roll

    by Doctor_Sin

    Enough. What's next? A Talking Heads biopic with Johnny Depp? Wait - I didn't say that.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Does anyone really care about that skank!

    by porterdsgn

    Nuff said!

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    VH without Anthony is just plain stupid

    by just pillow talk

    Kirsten can't act, but is in fact not gross.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Moving on to the era of 1975-1982

    by MC Vamp

    Bio-pics mania. Christ, it's getting overdone. Besides the Blondie bio, there's Frodo as Iggy Pop, one or two Ramones projects, and the Motley Crue bio. Jesus, they just keep coming. in 2012, be ready for "NOBODY'S WATCHING ME: THE ROCKWELL STORY," "55: THE SAMMY HAGAR STORY," the cleverly titled "TACO," and the coup de grace "GRUMPY OLD MEN: THE DECLINE OF METALLICA."

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Also coming in 2017...

    by MC Vamp


  • Jan. 8, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Speaking of old men...

    by Zarles

    ...will you fossils never shut up about Van Halen? Roth is the only person that should ever sing for that band, but he's a lost cause. Eddie's a shriveled corpse, Dave can't sing his way out of a paper dimebag, and the rest of them are a bunch of fat old fucks that you can probably find at Denny's in the early afternoon. Sell your 8-tracks and let it go, for fuck's sake...

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Asia Argento

    by Spandau Belly

    Oh yeah! You know I'm right.<br> And I am sick to fucking death of Scarlet Johanson being up for every fucking female roll no matter what the character and age.<br>Scarlet has zero range. She can play herself: early 20s, middle-class background, wise beyond her years, somewhat distant, thoughtful and THAT'S IT! I didn't buy her as trashy and put upon in 'Love Song for Bobby Long', I didn't buy her as an abused ex-gangster's girlfriend in 'Black Dahlia'. I'm not saying there aren't infite parts written for somebody exactly like Scarlet, but that doesn't mean they all are.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by thebearovingian

    Seriously, who cares?

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 5:40 p.m. CST

    OHHHHHHHHH! The chick from Blondie

    by thebearovingian

    Yeah, still don't see why anyone would care.

  • Jan. 8, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    The behind the scenes on "The Tide is High"!!!

    by JackRabbitSlim

    You're right - honestly, who the fuck cares? What's next - the Kim Carnes story?

  • Jan. 9, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Is she the chick from '227' and 'Amen'

    by Heckles

    Or was that Jackée Harry? I get them confused.