Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning find their inner rockstars for “The Runaways”

Some movies you hope will be good. Other movies you hold your breath and pray will kick ass. The Runaways is definitely the latter. The film based on the real-life, real awesome seminal all-girl band has released its first official image. From the looks of things perhaps we can finally breathe a little easier. Also, um, damn.

Yes, that’s Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. Yes, they look fantastic. Yes, I am now having difficulty breathing for an entirely different reason. Earlier this month it was announced that The Runaways (formerly Cherry Bomb) would premiere Jan. 24 at the Sundance Film Festival. This week the film was picked up for U.S. distribution and will be release in theaters March 19.

The film, based on the biography Neon Angel: the Cherie Currie Story, follows the teen friendship of guitarist Jett and singer Currie, who went on to form The Runaways. And, yes, that long-rumored kiss between Dakota and Kristen is real. Dakota told Access Hollywood last month that “Yes, it happens in The Runaways” and it is a passionate kiss. She added: “They’re best friends in the film and we’ve became really close in real life. And that’s something that went down back in the ‘70s.” That sort of stuff goes down right now, too, Dakota.

Rounding out The Runaways are Stella Maeve (as Sandy West), Scout Taylor-Compton (as Lita Ford) and Whip It‘s Alia Shawkat (as fictitious bassist Robin). Those who have watched the film develop from concept to casting to filming and beyond should, if nothing else, happy with the look of the film. Meticulous detail was paid to making sure the original Runaways look like the new Runaways.

The Runaways circa 1977 (top), the cast on set earlier this year

Particularly dramatic is Kristen’s transformation from Bella to rocker chick. I prefer rocker chick — a lot.

So, what do you think? Hot girls. Guitars. Kissing. I definitely want to dance to that rock and roll station.

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