The studio-trashing, glam-filled trailer for the upcoming Runaways biopic debuted today through MTV Movie News, promising a thankful cinematic respite from the cotton candy-colored world of High School Musical. Ten years ago a new generation was introduced to Joan Jett with the inclusion of “Bad Reputation” in the teen flick Ten Things I Hate About You, and then in 2002 with Britney Spears’ pouty, lackluster cover of “I Love Rock And Roll.” Now a generation of Twilight-obsessed adolescents is going further back thanks to Kristin Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Before Joan Jett And The Blackhearts there was The Runaways, a pioneering all-female rock band that found mainstream success in the male-dominated world of rock 'n' roll, and paved the way for future rock and punk acts, all in the few short years between 1975 and 1979.
Noted photographer and music video director Floria Sigismondi, whose credits include videos for Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, and Muse, wrote and directed the upcoming film The Runaways about the band’s rise and the relationship between lead vocalist Cherie Currie (Fanning) and guitarist Joan Jett (Stewart). Revolutionary Road’s Michael Shannon appears as Runaways co-founder Kim Fowley, with Scout Taylor-Compton and Stella Maeve as band members Lita Ford and Sandy West, respectively. Joan Jett serves as an executive producer.