'Twilight' Girl to Play Joan Jett

December 3, 2008

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Kirsten Stewart, also known as girl from Twilight, has been cast in the role of Joan Jett in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways. From THR:

Fresh from the 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 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.

The film will revolve around Jett and Currie and follow them from the band's meteoric rise as teenagers to their dissolution and disillusionment.

While Stewart will take on the role of Jett, Cherie Currie will reportedly be played as a thin, pale, poofy-haired guy who is deeply in love with her despite differences in their lifestyle.

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