The Runaways is a biopic about the ’70s American rock band of the same name, formed by six teenage girls (1975 – 1979). Based on lead-singer Cherie Currie’s book ‘Neon Angel’, and directed by Floria Sigismondi with rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist Joan Jett as executive producer, the film is set to be released in UK cinemas on 27th August 2010.
The storyline is based on the formation of the band, the reflection of Cherie’s experiences and the heavy manipulation by their manager as ‘jailbait rock’. It focuses on the stories of Cherie (Dakota Fanning) and Joan (Kristen Stewart) played by two current actresses from the Twilight saga cast. But these two are far from their teenage role model characters here; it is literally all sex, drugs and rock and roll.