'Twilight' Star Kristen Stewart To Play Joan Jett In 'The Runaways'

Biopic will tell the story of the first successful all-girl hard-rock band.

[movieperson id="262629"]Kristen Stewart[/movieperson] is officially a star. Fresh off her well-received turn as Bella Swan in the smash hit [movie id="369195"]"Twilight,"[/movie] she's taking on a daunting role: playing [artist id="10075"]Joan Jett[/artist] in a biopic produced by the rock legend herself and directed by music-video helmer Floria Sigismondi.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart will star in [artist id="15466"]"The Runaways,"[/artist] which will chronicle the rise and fall of the first successful all-girl hard-rock band. Their lineup included guitarists Jett and Lita Ford, drummer Sandy West and singer/keyboardist Cherie Currie; Micki Steele and Jackie Fox were the most prominent of their rotation cast of bassists. The band was initially seen as a novelty act, something that could be easily marketed as "jailbait on the run" dressed in leather and lingerie. However, the girls were all serious and skilled musicians who made their mark on the punk-rock scene and became hugely influential. (Who were the Runaways, and why would anyone make a movie about them? Find out here.)

The band came together in 1975 and lasted for about four years, adding and losing members, and eventually falling apart due to disagreements over money and management issues. Jett and Ford went on to enjoy highly successful solo careers, while Steele joined the Bangles.

"The Runaways" will follow Jett and Currie, from the teenage group's rapid rise to their disillusionment and decision to disband. The film is expected to begin shooting in early 2009 and will work around Stewart's commitment to [article id="1599994"]"New Moon,"[/article] the "Twilight" sequel that also plans to shoot early next year.

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