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Kristen Stewart to Play Joan Jett in Runaways Biopic

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?


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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
She annoys me, but she might be good in this role. "well we all knew that she and rob would go to their trailers and play their guitars together during the down time on the set of Twilight We all knew that? :ponder: ;)
Isista Isista 8 years
I'm liking this choice and I'm really glad that she is getting more roles. I really like her :)
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
I've seen Kristen Stewart in other things (she was awesome in "Speak") and I think she's a pretty good actress with lots of potential. So this would be interesting to see.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I think Kristen Stewart has a lot of potential to do different roles, and I think she could pull off being rock star like Joan Jett.
er593395 er593395 8 years
* was sorry
er593395 er593395 8 years
that wasn't her singing in into the wild
Phil Phil 8 years
I'm with pumachik. Worst casting ever. Joan Jett really approves?
deltatahoe deltatahoe 8 years
if her singing from "into the wild" is anything to go on, she should be great for this role...
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
oh HELL no.
Baluk Baluk 8 years
I heard from another gossip site that Lohan wanted this role!
estella241 estella241 8 years
I think Kristen is fab, so I really hope she does well in this role. I'll definitely go see it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well we all knew that she and rob would go to their trailers and play their guitars together during the down time on the set of Twilight - so this does seem like it's appropriate for her. i hope that it's a good role for her, but i still have her in my mind as the girl from twilight or even from 'the land of women'
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
Agreed, musicjunkieha. She's too much of that somber, mellow, stoned, spaced out chick to play someone like Joan Jett.
musicjunkieha musicjunkieha 8 years
I don't think she has the spunk to play this role
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
I really would have prefered Zooey Deschanel(The Happening, Almost Famous) or Lizzy Caplan (True Blood, Cloverfield) to play this role!
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
LOVE the Runaways, LOVE Cherie Currie, kaliki..agreed, dye her hair blonde!!!
kaliki-tiki kaliki-tiki 8 years
She would be better cast as Cherie Currie.
emms emms 8 years
Why is this stoner girl everywhere now? Urgh.
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
this is a good fit
bibiruby82 bibiruby82 8 years
I think she's perfect for the role! The only thing she's going to have to do is dye her hair black. I'm definitely going to watch this movie, since I'm a big fan of The Runaways.
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