Just a few hours ago we posted the first image from Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways. Well, it looks like you’ll get to see some more even if you aren’t attending the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in June. Apparition has acquired domestic distribution rights to the film and has set a March 19th release.

The announcement also provides a more detailed synopsis than the one in our previous post:
The film follows two friends, Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

This marks the first collaboration between Apparition and production company River Road Entertainment and both expect the film to strike a chord with the band’s fans. Producer John Linson says, “The authenticity of the film reflects Joan Jett’s participation in the project.” River Road’s Bill Pohlad further explains, “The Runaways was made with the same independent attitude that defined the group,” and “Kristen and Dakota really became the characters, right down to singing the vocals.” Wait. They sing? For real?

The story of The Runaways is certainly worthy of a film, but I’m most excited for the cast. My fingers are crossed we’ll see a new side of Stewart, one that hopefully proves she can do something other than pout and complain. As for Fanning, it’s a thrill to see her get older and take on more mature roles, especially because she’s doing a pretty damn good job at it. Another name on the bill that hasn’t received much attention is Alia Shawkat who’s playing Robin, the band’s bass player. Unless you’re a fan of Arrested Development or are one of the lucky few who saw Whip It, you probably don’t even know who she is. Whip It hits DVD on January 26th. Take a hint.

Now that the release date is set and a photo is out, I bet a poster and trailer won’t be far behind!

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