Stewart, Fanning rock movie fans in "Runaways"

Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:34pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - They gained movie stardom playing wholesome young girls, but when fans see Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart in upcoming "The Runaways," they will find a new side -- a wild one -- to the teen actresses.

The movie, about the all-girl teenage rock band of the same name co-founded by Joan Jett in the 1970s, debuted here at the Sundance Film Festival late Sunday to solid reviews, and it hits movie theaters this coming March.

When it does, there is little doubt "Runaways" will have audiences buzzing because Fanning and Stewart take them back to the era that made "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" a cliche.

To see "Cat in the Hat" star Fanning, 15, snort drugs, or Stewart, 19, the lovelorn Bella Swan in the "Twilight" movies swig whiskey from a bottle and sling a guitar over her shoulder, may be a challenge for some audiences.

But the real test will come in their portrayal of a lesbian affair between the two lead characters, Jett (Stewart) and lead singer Cherie Currie (Fanning).

"I didn't even think about it. I still haven't even thought about it." Fanning told Reuters in a joint interview with Stewart.

"She's blocked it out," Stewart chimed in, with a laugh.

"No, no," said Fanning. "It was just another thing that was in the story."   Continued...

<p>Actresses Kristen Stewart (R) and Dakota Fanning who star in the movie "The Runaways" pose for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>