Okay, I promise Steady Diet of Film is not becoming a blog that updates you every time a new piece of marketing is made available.. unless movie studios start making it a habit to release biopics about artists that were formative influences in my life. Unlikely!
Floria Sigismondi's long-awaited telling of the life and times of the 70s all-girl rock'n'roll band The Runaways has finally finished shooting and will hit theaters March 19th 2010. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, this is kind of like Avatar for cool chicks.
Many purists have complained about the casting of Dakota Fanning (Coraline, War of the Worlds) as the deeply troubled lead singer Cherie Currie and Kristin Stewart (Twilight, Adventureland) as uber-dyke, rock legend Joan Jett. But Fanning and Stewart are exceptionally talented, age-appropriate and their bankability is what got The Runaways out of turn-around hell. Plus, I'm excited for all the little girls who have grown up watching these actresses to have their minds blown the way mine was when I first saw Satisfaction (hopefully The Runaways will age a bit better than my introduction to the Rolling Stones and Debbie Harry has).
The Runaways' real life manager Kim Fowley is allegedly also involved with the project. Can we assume then that the film will de-emphasize the child rapist elements of his life? The casting of go-to weirdo Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Shotgun Stories) points to 'no' but only time will tell. Enjoy the trailer!