Hollywood Runaway

As some of you may have heard, Twilight star Kristin Stewart is slated to play Joan Jett in an upcoming movie about The Runaways. As writer Gil Kaufman aptly put it in an MTV.com article, this raises the question, "Just who were the Runaways?"

I assume, reader, that you know the answer to this query, but what about the Twilight fans? And will they care?


If biopics are going to vacillate from better-known figures, like Harvey Milk and Ray Charles, to more underground legends — the lives of Ian Curtis and Darby Crash have already been explored — then what other obscure stories and careers can we unearth? More importantly, what Hollywood stars will play them?

Below are some videos of not just The Runaways (I mean, who will play Cherie Currie and Lita Ford? Juliette Lewis? Or that girl from The Hills?), but also footage of other female-fronted bands of yore. You could waste a good hour trying to decide on an actress to play Lene Lovich. Catherine Zeta-Jones? Maggie Gyllenhaal?

If you have a moment, please weigh in with your actress choices, for the bands below or any other relatively obscure band who just might be coming soon to a theater near you.

The Runaways:

The Runaways:



Au Pairs:

Dolly Mixture:

Lene Lovich:



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