Kristen Stewart (AKA Twilight Chick) has just signed on to portray Joan Jett in “The Runaways.” The film will be a rock ‘n’ roll biopic of the 1970s all-girl band, written and soon to be directed by music video director Floria Sigismondi. “The Runaways” are famous for their song “Cherry Bomb” song and their leather and lace performances, which should make for a fun movie.
John and Art Linson and River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad will produce the film and Jett herself will executive produce the film.
The Runaways were hugely influential as the first successful all-girl hard rock band; its members included guitarists Jett and Lita Ford, drummer Sandy West, singer-keyboardist Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox. The band was brought together in late 1975 by impresario Kim Fowley, who thought a novelty act of teenaged girls performing in leather and lace would be an easy sell, but the girls ended up proving to be serious and influential musicians with songs like “Cherry Bomb.” The band lasted about four years together, falling apart over management and money issues.
Jett continued her rock career into the ’80s, forming the Blackhearts and scoring with such hits as “I Love Rock N’ Roll” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” She continues to record and tour.
The film will revolve around Jett and Currie and follow them from the band’s meteoric rise as teenagers to their dissolution and disillusionment.
The movie is hoping for a 2009 release and will of course work around Stewart’s commitment to the two other Twilight sequels. Although personally I know which film I’m more likely to see, and it doesn’t have any vampires in it.