In 2009, Kristen Stewart will shift between playing teen vampire lover Bella in the Twilight sequels and portraying influential rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways. Stewart has been cast as Jett for the rock 'n' roll biopic all about the all-girl band from the '70s. The Hollywood Reporter has more details:
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 real Joan Jett will act as executive producer on the film. Can you see Kristen Stewart rocking out as Joan Jett? Is there anyone else who could have been given this role?