"When Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst was chosen to play Debbie Harry in a biopic there were howls of protests from Blondie fans.
Now the new-wave singer herself has stepped forward to defend the star following reports that she was unhappy with the casting.
"She's (Dunst) a really sweet person. I've met with her a couple of times and hung out with her socially. She's just a sweetie", the Eighties icon told spinner.com.
"She's probably capable of a lot of things she hasn't been asked to do yet, and doing something that's sort of left of centre would be great for her."
The Spiderman actress had previously insisted she had Debbie Harry's blessing for the role. "Debbie chose me for this role so anyone who disputes this can take it up with her," Dunst said.
"I'll work hard on this character because she is the coolest woman of all time."
Blondie fans hit the internet message boards after Dunst was rumoured to have landed the Blondie singer role last year.
One fan complained on icydk.com: "She (Dunst) is too young and too goofy. They should get an older and more senual actress."
[...] "I cannot imagine seeing Kirsten Dunst belting "Call me!" or some other classic lyrics. The singing scenes from Spiderman 3 were just so painstakingly bad."
The as yet untitled film will be directed by Michael Gondry of Eternal Sunshine fame and shooting is scheduled for early next year. It will be the first time Harry has been portrayed on the big screen.
Debbie Harry has herself starred in over 30 films. Born in Miami, Florida, she worked as a waitress and Playboy Bunny before achieving international fame as the front singer of punk band Blondie in the seventies. Blondie have released eight albums since 1976, selling over 13 million copies in the US alone.
And it is not the first time Dunst has been required to sing in a film. She sang two songs in Spiderman 3 and lent her voice to the end credits of The Cat's Meow, singing Henry Creamer and Turner Layton's jazz standard "After You've Gone".