Kristen Stewart to Play Joan Jett in Runaways Biopic
by Kevin Powers
December 3, 2008
I guess the dark air of Twilight caught the attention of music video director Floria Sigismondi, as the woman behind Christina Aguilera's "Fighter" video is set to write and helm a biopic on the first all-girl rock band, The Runaways, and wants vampire victim Kristen Stewart to take on the role of rock legend Joan Jett. If you're scratching your head, I'm with you. Stewart can certainly pull off the look and is a fair actress by most accounts, but I'm going to find it hard to bridge her swooning Bella character in Twilight and the badass, ballsy rocker Jett, who went on to sing "I Love Rock and Roll." Of course, this is great news for Stewart and her career, but I wonder how fans of Jett and The Runaways will take this news.
Sharing the screen with Kristen will be another rocker chick playing the role of Cherrie Currie, the lead singer for The Runaways. During the time of the five-girl band, Jett played guitar and actually achieved further success in her own right after the band dissolved 1979. Though The Runaways were only active for four years, they certainly made a mark in the industry and arguably paved the way for artists down the line. The group disbanded amidst money and management disagreements. The film is said to center on Jett and Curie, and detail the rise and fall of the group who brought us, amongst other hits, "Cherry Bomb".
How well Stuart does at Jett - and how the movie does as a whole - will be heavily influenced by who plays Currie. There's no word there yet, but we'll certainly keep an eye out. Currie was 16 (as was Jett) at the time of joining The Runaways and was often likened to David Bowie in style and performance. What other actress might compliment Stuart and fit with Currie's personality? Maybe Evan Rachel Wood? That would be ironic since she dated Marilyn Manson for quite some time, but she would completely kill Stuart in terms of ability. Keira Knightley, perhaps? Maybe Kirsten Dunst is more of an equitable pairing to Stuart, though not a rocker in the least? Who do you think would make a good Cherrie Currie?