Whoa. This news isn't entirely fresh (it's been in development for some two years) but I can't shake it now that it's actually happening.
Someone stop the doomsday clock. How is Dakota Fanning growing up so fast? She's a tiny adorable little kid. Sean Penn is her alien-battling father. Tom Cruise is her retarded dad. oops -- it sounded right as a typed it ;) How is she old enough to play "Cherry Bomb" Currie in The Runaways (2010)?
For you youngsters out there (this is a before my time, too, for once... yay) Cherie Currie was the lead singer of the 70s girl rock band The Runaways (they preceded The Go-Gos, who often get credit for being the first all girl rock band to score hits because they actually had #1s). The Runaways also brought the world the enduring Joan Jett (she loved rock n' roll!) and headbanger fantasy chick Lita Ford (kiss her deadly!)
Cherie will be quite a meaty role for Fanning and even more controversial than Hounddog (on account of its higher profile). Those comedy skits about Fanning wanting an Oscar and my own joking about her ruthless ambitions still have the ring of truth, don't they? See, when Cherie wasn't tearing around on stage in lingerie at sweet 16 (Jett reportedly wrote "Cherry Bomb" specifically to celebrate Currie), she was cuddling with Jodie Foster onscreen and battling drugs and alcohol in her private life. Cherie, who turns 50 this year, is currently a chainsaw carving artist. I didn't know there was such a thing but it sounds so punk, so good for her for keeping her edge... a serrated one!
Here's Cherie, Joan and the girls performing their most infamous 'ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!' in Japan in 1977.
Kristen Stewart will co-star as Joan Jett. Argh! I love Jett, Stewart not so much. I just haven't seen much evidence of range or skill. Weird casting I say. No word yet on who will be playing Lita Ford but production starts in the spring. Cherie joined The Runaways when she was only 15. Dakota Fanning turned 15 two weeks ago. [source]
Here's a little Joan Jett and Lita Ford to take you away...