Hot on the heels of Twilight‘s box office killing, Kristen Stewart has been cast as rocker Joan Jett in 2009’s The Runaways, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The biopic focuses on Jett’s all-girl band of the same name, which rocked its way to moderate success Stateside and even greater stardom abroad in the late ’70s. This is the second “edgy” role Stewart has taken on since starring in the vampire flick. Perhaps not wanting to be typecast as gawky teen Bella Swan, Stewart will play a stripper in the upcoming Welcome to the Rileys. She talked with EW earlier this year about frequenting a strip club in New Orleans to prepare for the role. ”I danced on the bar there three nights this week, and my legs are covered in bruises,” Stewart said. ”Hopefully, the Twilight fans won’t totally freak out.”
Well, Twilight fans, are you freaking out? Do you have any qualms about Stewart playing the guitar goddess — or a pole dancer for that matter? Or are you happy to see her branching out into new, challenging roles? And for you Joan Jett fans, is Kristen badass enough to embody the role?
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