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Dakota Fanning to Rock Out in Joan Jett Movie

She's not playing Joan Jett herself — that role has gone to Kristen Stewart — but Dakota Fanning is in talks to join the cast of The Runaways as the lead singer of Jett's all-girl band. Here's more:

At 15, Fanning is the same age [Cherie] Currie was when she made her debut with the Runaways as the lead singer who belted out hard-edged tunes like "Cherry Bomb." Currie became caught up in drugs and a hard-partying lifestyle.

Now, I know Fanning has done dark stuff as she's gotten older and moved away from some of the precious little girl roles, but a hard-partying rocker? I'll be very curious to see how this turns out. In general, I'm fascinated by Fanning's career as she transitions into adulthood as it's a rocky path that not every actor seems to be able to navigate. Do you think Fanning is able to pull off these heavier, tougher roles?


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OChottie OChottie 8 years
Who's gonna play Lita Ford? I hate Kristen Stewart. The girl can only conjure up one personality. Dakota Fanning has got it in her to kill this role. I think that she is an interesting choice for this film.
ZooClaDes ZooClaDes 8 years
Now I'm not world's biggest Kristen Stewart fan and I've only seen Twilight once (trust me, that's a lot less than my friends) and maybe it's just the two pictures, but she (Kristen) actually looks a bit like Joan Jett (on the pictures above, anyway)!
Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
Hell yeah Dakota has more talent than most "actors" working right now.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
thank God I am not the only one who absolutely detests Kristen Stewart - just because she knows how to not comb her hair and look like a drug addict at the many Twilight premieres does not nullify the fact that she is a terrible actress! and I agree with Bella; I don't think anyone could do the great Joan Jett justice. as for Dakota, we'll see. she, at least, is a good actress, and who knows...
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I just think that this will turn out to be like an after school special.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm with a few other people, I am so not a fan of KS at all.
Staceygirl Staceygirl 8 years
Ugh, both are bad choices, but I can see Dakota Fanning pulling off Cherrie Curie better than Kirsten Dunst pulling off Debbie Harry.
cibele cibele 8 years
Kristen Stewart got to be one of the worst actresses I've ever seen, plus has no charisma and is not likable at all. Dakota is better than Kristen, she can pull it off.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I love Dakota Fanning and I think she's a really good actress. I'd love to see her take on a role like this.
gaucholoco gaucholoco 8 years
Manoukia Manoukia 8 years
I'm curious about Dakota, and I think she's got it in her to pull it off. Kristen Stewart? Not so much.
jessesgirl jessesgirl 8 years
ughh, stewart is awful. poor casting choice.
rainbow-cadillac rainbow-cadillac 8 years
I very much dislike Kristen.
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
Ooooh, SIGN ME UP! I'm so about this casting... I mean I couldn't care less about Kristen Stewart, but DF? Totally! Here you go, lil Dakota, your first Oscar nomination!
emalove emalove 8 years
I really like Kristen and hope she can pull this role off!
estella241 estella241 8 years
I like both Dakota and Kristen and I'm really excited for this movie.
kittyhawk kittyhawk 8 years
Dakota is a great actress, but I'd cast Evan Rachel Wood. Looks like the original character and she has both a 'teen' and 'vamp' side to her... Casting Evan Rachel Wood would be typecasting, but they don't call it 'type' casting for nothing.. :)
pss pss 8 years
I am a joan jett huge fan too but I think kristen is going to do it great, shes got something that remind me to Joan... and about dakota I dont know, shes still a little girl.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
ew. my dislike for Dakota has grown so much more.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Kriste stewart is so freaking awful.
care0531 care0531 8 years
DAkota is trying to step into these big roles but I still picture here as a little girl. She is still so young.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that dakota is really trying to make sure that people don't realize that she's all this sweet and whatever..but i think that she should realize that there are enough 'dark' actresses out there (i.e. Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen etc) that she could find her niche and be VERY successful in sweeter roles.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Neither will be able to pull of their roles if you ask me. But I think Dakota will be able to pull it off better than Kristen.
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