Kristen Stewart in ‘The Runaways’

From Rolling Stone

The teaser trailer for the Runaways’ biopic, called simply The Runaways, debuted today onMTV Movies. In its brief 45 seconds, we get a blast of the band’s iconic “Cherry Bomb” and a quick glance of all the principal actresses involved, including New Moon star Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie respectively. Actress Scout Taylor-Compton (as Lita Ford) and Stella Maeve (as drummer Sandy West) round out the casting of the legendary all-girl punk band.

The trailer time-travels to 1975, when after a hint at some early discouragement, the Runaways ride the incoming punk wave to chart-topping success, shattering rock’s glass ceiling along the way. Judging by the trailer, The Runaways will chart the band’s formation to overcoming the odds to the eventual dissolve of the group in 1979.

As Rolling Stone previously reportedThe Runaways was directed by music video vet Floria Sigismondi. Actor Michael Shannon, who was nominated for an Academy Award forRevolutionary Road and looks downright terrifying in Werner Herzog’s upcoming My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, will play the role of the Runaways’ producer/songwriter/manager Kim Fowley. Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough also reportedly has a role in the film playing Currie’s twin sister. According to EW,The Runaways will debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

From SPIN Magazine

Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in <i>The Runaways</i>

The trailer for the film (out March 19) starts with some hyper-dramatic narration (“In 1975, rock was a man’s world. Until…”), then segues into the juicy bits: KStew getting rowdy, throwing a chair and hurling a beer bottle in a recording studio, telling the story of an out-of-control band hooked on rock’s excesses (read: drugs and sex). But that’s not even the best part. That comes when Stewart sings. Yep: the revamped music of “Cherry Bomb” features lead vocals from the vampire-lover herself.

So, SPIN readers, does KStew have a future career in music? Tell us what you think in the comment section!

Kristen Stewart, the sought after 19-year-old actress the world knows as “Bella” from the Twilight series, has a new image: a badass rocker who breaks beer bottles, sings sexual punk anthems, and has a questionable hair-do. Get the first look at KStew — and a grown Dakota Fanning — in the trailer for The Runaways below.

But first, a little history for non-music nerds: The Runaways were a short-lived all-girl punk band from L.A. that broke up in 1979 after releasing a handful of successful albums — including their 1976 hit “Cherry Bomb” — and toured with bands like the Ramones and Cheap Trick. Stewart portrays Joan Jett, the quartet’s co-founder and de facto leader, while Fanning plays vocalist/keyboardist Cherie Currie.

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