Who is just a bit excited about biographical film The Runaways, which documents the rise to fame of the influential 1970s all-girl rock band, starring Kristen Stewart?
An all-grown-up Dakota Fanning stars as the band’s original lead vocalist Cherie Currie, who wrote the memoirs on which the screenplay is based. Kristen Stewart joins her as rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Joan Jett, giving her a chance to really work that rock and roll image she’s been craving since playing angst-y teen Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. Michael Shannon also stars, taking on the role of Kim Fowley, who agrees to produce the group faster than you can say jailbait.
The New York Times reported that when Joan Jett first listened to Kristen Stewart singing her songs she thought it was the original, and so this film is likely to score points for credibility at least. And if you can look past the horrendous haircuts, then the acting is supposedly not bad either.
The Runaways is the first feature-length film from renowned music video director Floria Sigismondi, and the Chicago Tribune have already praised her ability to capture “the clubs, the shag-heavy interiors and the Farrah-haired vibe of mid-1970s Los Angeles in look and spirit.” However, rock star egos and inter-band tensions that so often dominate band biographies have turned into predictable movie clichés in their frequent adaptations. Whether The Runaways might redeem itself with its ‘coming of age’ element and a brilliant soundtrack remains yet to be seen.
The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 27th August. Check out the trailer below.