‘Twilight’s Kristen Stewart to star as Joan Jett

December 3, 2008

Hollywood (ChattahBox) — “Twilight,” star Kristen Stewart is set to dye her hair black and get her best sneer on!  Striking while the Hollywood iron is hot Stewart is set to portray of Joan Jett in “The Runaways,” a rock ‘n’ roll biopic of the 1970s all-girl band, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As the first successful all-girl hard rock band, The Runaways were hugely influential. Band 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 and will exec produce this movie.

The film will mostly focus on Jett and Currie and follow them from the band’s meteoric rise as teenagers to their dissolution and disillusionment. Sorry to hear the focus won’t also be on Runaways lead guitarist Lita Ford who churned out a nice career as a solo artist including a “Close My Eyes Forever” duet with Ozzy Osbourne.

Video director Floria Sigismondi wrote the screenplay and is directing, while John and Art Linson and River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad are producing.

The movie is eyeing a 2009 start and will work around Stewart’s commitments to the two “Twilight” sequels. The first one, “New Moon,” is expected to shoot sometime in first-quarter 2009, with Stewart reprising her role as Bella, the human who falls for a vampire.

Reported by: Hot Momma Celebrity Gossip


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