The Joan Jett Biopic The Runaways is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film stars Twilight star Kristen Stewart as Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, and Scout Taylor Compton as Lita Ford. I hope to get to see this film while I'm up at the festival. I'm interested to see how this story is portrayed.
The Runaways is based on lead-singer Cherie Currie's book 'Neon Angel' - a reflection of her experiences as a rock star, but also delivering a strong anti-drug warning to teens and others. David Bowie's "Space Oddity" serves as a metaphor for the narrative-- a slow countdown, a surreal but spectacular rise to fame, then alienation and burnout - a long long way from home.
The movie chronicles THE RUNAWAYS from 1975 - 1977; formed by teenage girls living near Hollywood, CA., and heavily manipulated by their manager Kim Fowley as 'jailbait rock' (all the girls were 16 or younger when the band recorded their first album). The band ultimately succeeds on their own merits as musicians, becoming the first all-girl rock-band to ever break into the world of arena-filling hard rock acts.
MTV got their hands on a new film clip which is the scene where Jett and Currie meet for the first time through the producer and co-founder of the band Kim Fowley. Check it out below and fell free to share your thoughts!