So, Hollywood is finally making a movie about The Runaways. Shit yes, right? Well, no, actually, because cast as Joan Jett is Kristen Stewart, who played Bella in some tiny production-or-other, Twilight. To make matters worse, Cherie Currie will be played by...wait for it...Dakota Fanning. Um. Okay. This week, it was announced that Alessandra Torresani (who?) has signed on as Lita Ford. And all I can think is, these must be some lost little girls (pun intended) because Torresani had to literally research the band to become familiar with them. Am I just being cynical, expecting that this project will not do The Runaways their deserved justice? Or can today's hottest teen stars actually pull it off?
Honestly, I'm skeptical. For one thing, Stewart is not exactly deep, per se, as an actress. In fact, in our latest Bitch Popaganda episode we chat about said actress and even refer to her acting chops as "wooden". My pick to play Joan Jett: Lizzy Caplan of Mean Girls and "True Blood" fame. That lady is funny, believable as a hardass and she looks good in black hair and smeared eyeliner.
And while Fanning is an honored and talented actress, can she really take on Cherie Currie? This is a woman who fronted a punk band at age 16 and was known for wearing lingerie on stage. Fanning is great in heartwarming and dramatic roles, but I'm skeptical of her ability to truly slay as punk's reigning queen. Did they tell her this role will involve at least one garter belt? I'd have more faith in someone like Hayden Panettiere or Scarlett Johansson.
The Runaways were the most influential all-female punk band ever. Somehow, this casting doesn't seem to add up. Also confusing is that Joan Jett herself is an Executive Producer, perhaps just there to ensure the integrity of the film and to make sure the true story translates correctly. If that is the case, though, one would hope she would squelch any bad casting moves. I still don't have much faith in this project. What do you think? Who would you rather see play The Runaways? Is it too early to tell, or will this (sorry, it was too easy) cherry bomb?