The Runaways were hugely influential as the first successful all-girl hard rock band; its members included guitarists Joan 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. Now the stars of the extremely popular film The Twilight Saga: New Moon and its upcoming sequel The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, join forces again to play Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, respectively, and finally bring the story of The Runaways, opening on March 19th, to the big screen. We recently had an opportunity to speak with the two talented young actresses, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, about their new film, the band itself and meeting Joan Jett. Watch our exclusive video interviews below!
Starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Stella Maeve, Alia Shawkat, Riley Keough, Tatum O'Neal and Michael Shannon. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, The Runaways opens in theaters on March 19th.
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in this music-fueled story of the ground-breaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970s: The Runaways. The film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself ... and so do its two leads: Joan is the band's pure rock' n' roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie/Bardot looks, is the sex kitten. The film chronicles Joan and Cherie's tumultuous relationship on and off stage, as the band starts to break out and eventually break down.