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Casting Call: Who Should Play the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in a Movie?

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There’s no doubt about it: The story behind the music of New York hipsters the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is such a damn cool one, it would make a great Hollywood biopic. The real question: If Karen O and the boys were to hit the big screen, who would play them? Each member has such an original, one-of-a-kind look that it’s not an easy to cast people to play them, but after thinking long and hard, this is what we came up with.

Karen O Played By Agyness Deyn

Karen O Agyness Deyn
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The first step in finding someone to take on Karen O was picking one of her million different looks and sticking with it. She’s been making waves for her blonde locks lately, but here, we went with the dark-bob-and-bangs look she rocked most prominently back the band’s ‘Show Your Bones’ era. Elite model (and sometimes actress) Agyness Deyn is also a fashion chameleon, but her look took a decidedly O-like turn when she walked the runway forĀ G-Star Raw’s fall 2010 show during New York fashion week, and that’s the look we’re going with.

Nick Zinner Played By Alex Karpovsky

Nick Zinner Alex Karpovsky
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Nick Zinner stands out for three things: his masterful guitar fretwork; his slight, emaciated frame; and his wild bird’s nest of hair, which often stands cartoonishly straight up. Actor Alex Karpovsky, who’s made a name for himself recently for his recurring role as one of the boys in the breakout HBO drama ‘Girls,’ doesn’t have Zinner’s guitar hero skills or waifish physique, but his hair has been known to take on a life of its own. Plus, the two kind of look like each other, which certainly doesn’t hurt.

Brian Chase Played By Martin Starr

Brian Chase Martin Starr
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Drummer Brian Chase is often lovingly branded the geek of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, so it seems perfect that he’s be played by an actor who is perhaps most famous for his role as Bill Haverchuck on the short-lived, much-loved NBC comedy-drama ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ Chase’s darker complexion will have the make-up artists working overtime, but at least Starr can pull off the five-o’clock shadow look, and there’s no need to visit the optometrist: The two have virtually identical glasses.

Next Casting Call: Green Day

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