Kristen Stewart is cast as Joan Jett for The Runaways biopic

In spring of 2007, Dorothy Snarker challenged us to cast the upcoming biopic of the ’70s girl-group-punk-band, The Runaways.

The production team has finally begun to do the work for us. It was announced today that Kristen Stewart has been cast as young Joan Jett.

I’ve read a few comments indicating that some folks find this to be terrible casting, but I’m not yet sure how to react. I know that I want this movie to be done well. The Runaways paved the way for other women rockers and their legacy deserves respect. Additionally, I’m quite impressed that the band members generally survived teenage punk stardom quite well.

Bassist Jackie Fox is an entertainment lawyer in Southern California. Lead singer Cherrie Currie owns a chainsaw art gallery in Chatsworth, Calif.

Guitarist Lita Ford is still rocking, and recently recorded a duet of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. Drummer Sandy West, unfortunately, passed away from lung cancer in 2006.

Lita Ford

And then, of course, there’s Joan Jett. Referred to a couple years ago in a review as “the hard rock Dorian Gray,” she has continued to perform with the Blackhearts and produce other bands on her label, Blackheart Records. She did a turn on Broadway a few years back as Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show. I used to see her in her courtside seats at New York Liberty games. Jett is an executive producer on the movie so her influence will clearly be felt.

Which brings us back to Kristen Stewart.

I’m astoundingly unfamiliar with Stewart’s work, so I find myself unable to offer any intelligent opinion on this important bit of casting news. I haven’t seen a movie of hers since her baby dyke-esque turn as Jodie Foster’s daughter in Panic Room. I know that some people love her as Bella in Twilight, and some do not. I know that she’s really close friends with Nikki Reed. And that’s it.

So I’m turning this one over to you: Do you think Kristen Stewart loves rock-and-roll enough to bring ’70s girl punk back to life?