SINCERE FILM SEEKS HOT GIRLS, 14–16, FOR NSA ENCOUNTER. FEATHERED HAIR A PLUS. NO COUPLES, NO MEN.
Everyone knows you can find anything you need in life on craigslist. Whether you’re looking for a new girlfriend and a used waffle iron, or a used girlfriend and a new waffle iron, there’s a poster on craigslist waiting to hear from you.
Recently, the casting agents for The Runaways, the eponymous biopic about the tempestuous ’70s all-girl rock band, began leveraging the power of the post to find lead actors to play Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford and the late Sandy West, among others.
The Runaways with manager Kim Fowley in 1975
Photo credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
As we reported earlier this month, the film has secured financing and is scheduled to begin shooting later this year. Now all the producers need are five or six hopefuls who can pass for 14- or 16-year-old girls, play guitars or drums, sing, resemble their real-life counterparts and, oh yeah, act.
Versions of the casting call appeared on craigslist’s Los Angeles and Chicago sites on July 31 and Aug. 6. Both spelled "Runaways" and super-sleaze Svengali manager Kim Fowley’s name wrong in a few places. The post also popped up on a free online casting directory list and erroneously categorized the roles for Sandy West and Lita Ford as "male." Oops.
Oh, dear. Where to begin?
Let’s start with craigslist. Is craigslist really the best place to be looking for lead actors for a major feature film? Perhaps the bulletin board down at the grocery store was full.
The Variety article also mentioned that music video visual master Floria Sigismondi has been hired to write and direct the feature, her first film. While Sigismondi wouldn’t be the first music video director to make the leap to movies — McG went from creating Korn and Offspring videos to directing Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels with great results — asking a first-time feature director to work with people found on craigslist is a risky move.
Then, there are the typos in the post itself. Not to be persnickety, but shouldn’t a professional casting company give the talent search for a major motion picture more thought than someone trying to sell used golf clubs? I fear for this film.
Perhaps you or someone you know wants to be in this movie? Seems your chances are as good as anyone else’s. Here are abbreviated descriptions for some of the available roles.
"Cherie Currie: 14-16 years old, she’s a beautiful blonde … defiance and punk rock attitude … addictions include uppers, downers, cocaine and booze … "
"Joan Jett: 16 years old … cool as hell, full of snarly attitude … a strutting rock star in black leather who writes her own songs … Actress will learn/should know how to sing and play guitar. "
"Sandy West: 15 years old, blonde, tough but warm and genuinely kind, ‘Miss California with a joint in her mouth and a chip on her shoulder’… Knowing how to drum a plus."
"Lita Ford: A large-breasted, angry, long-haired, ‘total badass,’… ‘the love child of Sofia Loren and Ritchie Blackmore’… Actress will learn/should know how to play guitar."
To fill out the band, the post lists a bass player character named Robin. Since there was no Runaways bassist named Robin — they had more bass players than Spinal Tap had drummers — maybe Robin is a composite of Micki Steele, Peggy Foster, Jackie Fox, Vickie Blue and Laurie McAllister.
The film is also looking for someone to play Cherie’s twin sister, Marie. So, not only do they need a 14-year-old blond hottie who looks likes Cherie, they need a second actor who looks just like the actor they choose. No problem! Somewhere between the bi-curious housewives seeking same, and vegan anarchists searching for roommates, there’s a section for doppelgangers. Try "Missed Connections."
— by Dara Nai