Premiering at next month’s Sundance Film Festival is director Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways. The film takes place in the 1970’s and it’s about the rise of the teenage band The Rnaways. It stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Churrie, Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita Ford, and Alia Shawkat as Robin.
While the teaser trailer is quite short, I think it has a great look. Also, many of Kristen Stewart’s Twilight fans probably have no idea who The Runaways were and why Joan Jett is important to music. This film should do a lot to change that. And in case you’re not going to Sundance, don’t worry, as Apparition is going to release the film in March to try and ride the Sundance buzz. Hit the jump for the full synopsis and teaser trailer.
Here’s the synopsis from Sundance:
Of all the bands to come out of the 1970s Los Angeles music scene, The Runaways are by far the most uniquely fascinating. This is partially due to their music but more so to the fact that they were teenage girls whose wild and reckless lifestyle was the stuff of legend.
Focusing on the duo of guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett and lead vocalist Cherie Currie as they navigate a rocky road of touring and record-label woes, the film chronicles the band’s formation as well as their meteoric rise under the malevolent eye of an abusive manager.