The first TV spot for The Runaways has been released, and while the general buzz out of Sundance was positive (our own Steve Weintraub gave it high marks), I wasn’t quite sold on Dakota Fanning playing the infamous “sex kitten” Cherie Currie. While the trailer doesn’t quite sell me on her role alongside Kristen Stewart (a great selection for Joan Jett), it does go a long way in showing how far Fanning has come from the constantly-screaming role in War of the Worlds. Where the trailer really succeeds is in the depiction of the dreary and volatile world The Runaways inhabited and the rock music they produced. They rocked and blazed a trail for other all-female groups. Oh, and the film is rated R and releases on March 19, 2010.
Hit the jump for the TV spot and the teaser poster:
“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, played by 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. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film chronicles Joan and Cherie’s tumultuous relationship on and off stage, as the band starts to break out.”