Michael Shannon rounds up "Runaways" role

Sun May 31, 2009 11:21pm EDT
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By Steven Zeitchik

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Shannon is putting another dime in the jukebox, baby.

The Oscar nominee is in negotiations for one of the lead roles in "The Runaways," the feature take on Joan Jett's seminal 1970s rock band.

Kristen Stewart will play Jett, and Dakota Fanning is on board to play bandmate Cherie Curry in the River Road pic, which will revisit the brief but influential life of the all-female rock band.

The film centers on the quartet, but there are a number of key male roles representing people who were personally and professionally associated with band.

Shannon also is mulling several other offers, and timing details still need to be worked out on "Runaways."

Script offers have been plentiful for Shannon since his breakout role in "Revolutionary Road" as John Givings, a mentally imbalanced man who is the only person willing to speak the truth about the repression of the film's 1950s bedroom community.

The performance earned him a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, and since then the 34-year-old has signed on to Warner Bros.' action thriller "Jonah Hex" as well as "13," the English-language remake of French underworld tale "13 (Tzameti)."

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Actor Michael Shannon attends a news conference in New York in this May 10, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files</p>