The new movie based on the cult hit books, Twilight, has made stars out of recently unknown, young actors. Robert Pattinson and his admitted bad hygeine practices are everywhere. Girls who would literally turn their noses up at someone in their high school who bathes as rarely as Pattinson go crazy for him everywhere he goes. Another young actor with new found fame is Kristen Stewart. Stewart plays Bella Swan in Twilight and now she’s been tapped to play another cult hero, of another genre.
Fresh from the box-office success of “Twilight,” Kristen Stewart is set to portray Joan Jett in “The Runaways,” the rock ‘n’ roll biopic of the 1970s all-girl band.
The Runaways were hugely influential as the first commercially successful all-girl hard rock band; their members included guitarists Jett and Lita Ford, drummer Sandy West, singer-keyboardist Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox.
The film will revolve around Jett and Currie and follow them from the band’s meteoric rise as teenagers to their dissolution and disillusionment.
Video director Floria Sigismondi wrote the screenplay and is directing. Jett will serve as an executive producer.
The Runaways were groundbreaking for women in rock. The band was set up much the same as the Spice Girls, but dissimilarly were far more talented than anyone anticipated. Joan Jett and Lita Ford later became hard rock female icons and it was all because Kim Fowler thought the gimmick of teenage rock chicks in leather and lace would make some bank. I don’t think anyone expected the young musicians to be so talented.
Joan Jett is a rock goddess. What a plumb role Stewart landed. I saw Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in concert in the 80s and then again a couple years ago, and she’s just as amazing now as she was then. My feet were killing me from the day of wandering around the county fair, but you couldn’t keep me in my seat during that concert!
The Runaways is set to start filming in 2009, but they have to work around Stewart’s two Twilight sequels film schedules. The first sequel, New Moon, is also shooting the first part of ’09, so Kristen’s going to be a busy little lady.
Joan Jett is shown at the “39th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis” in NY on 6/19/08. Credit: PNP/WENN. Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson are shown at the UK premiere of Twilight last night. Credit: WENN
Written by Ceilidh
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