“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart is set to portray rocker Joan Jett in the biopic “The Runaways” says The Hollywood Reporter.
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.
Initially a novelty act of teenaged girls performing in leather and lace in the 1970’s, the girls became serious and influential musicians thanks to songs like “Cherry Bomb,” “Born to Be Bad” and “Queens of Noise”. After four years together, they fell apart over management and money issues in 1979.
The film will revolve around Jett and Currie and follow them from the band’s meteoric rise as teenagers to their dissolution and disillusionment. Jett of course went onto a successful solo career with her most notable hit being the legendary “I Love Rock N’ Roll” in 1982.
Music video director Floria Sigismondi wrote the screenplay and is directing. A 2009 start is set and will work around Stewart’s commitments to the two “Twilight” sequels.
John and Art Linson along with Bill Pohlad are producing. Jett herself will act as an executive producer.