Kristen Stewart Plays Joan Jett in Upcoming 'Runaways' Movie

Have you ever thought that Bella Swan should stop mooning over her supernatural boyfriends and start an all-girl punk-rock band? If so -- have we got the movie for you.

Twilight's Kristen Stewart will be starring in the upcoming film The Runaways, based on the true story of the '70s rock group. A punk band made up entirely of teenage girls, The Runaways were only together for four years, but they made a lasting impact on the music scene. Their hit single "Cherry Bomb" proved that girls could rock as hard as guys, while three of the band's members -- Joan Jett, Lita Ford and The Bangles' Micki Steele -- became major artists on their own terms in the '80s.

Stewart is playing Joan Jett, the rebellious guitarist who co-founded the group (and later recorded the immortal anthem "I Love Rock 'n Roll"). She'll be joined by Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, the band's lead vocalist. Whip It's Alia Shawkat also has a role, though she doesn't appear to be in the band.

There was no shortage of drama with the real-life Runaways. They changed band members four times in four years, had plenty of heated in-fighting and have accused their one-time manager of verbal and sexual abuse. The band went from being ordinary kids to opening for Van Halen and the Ramones, and even had their own TV special in Japan.

The movie is tentatively set for March of 2010. There are some early photos here, and we have to say: Stewart and Fanning look amazing.

Plus: Watch our exclusive video interview with Kristen Stewart!

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