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At the core of The Runaways is the relationship between Joan Jett and Cherie Currie (Stewart and Fanning). A tumultuous, love-hate partnership on and off stage that bloomed over the course of the band's meteoric rise, their wild life on the road fueled by sex, drugs and booze and the eventual dissolution of The Runaways just three years and five albums later.  The Runaways is as much a coming of age story as it is the story of a band set against the backdrop of the colorful crowds at Rodney Bingenheimer's famed LA club English Disco where Jett and Currie met; the arduous and often abusive recording process which led to hits like "Cherry Bomb,” and the Beatlemania-like reception upon their arrival in Japan. 

Academy Award-nominee Michael Shannon plays the über-eccentric Kim Fowley who helps form The Runaways and serves as the band's foul-mouthed manager caught between manufacturing the girls' "jailbait” image and keeping the teenagers in line and out of trouble long enough to get them to the next gig or cut the next record. 

Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, Love Ranch) and Stella Maeve (Gossip Girl, Brooklyn's Finest) play Runaways founding members Lita Ford and Sandy West, respectively. Alia Shawkat (Whip It, Arrested Development) plays "Robin,” a fictional composite character representing the numerous personalities who've played bass for the band. Model and Elvis Presley's granddaughter, Riley Keough joins as Cherie Currie's twin sister Marie and Oscar winning- actress Tatum O'Neal rounds out the cast as Marie Harmon, Cherie's former actress mother.

Oscar-winning production designer Eugenio Caballero (Pan's Labyrinth) lends his remarkable talents to recreate the look of the mid-to-late 1970s --moving from the dreamy innocence of Southern California to the metallic, stark grey and white of Japan -- and a group of girls losing their way. 

Noted music supervisor George Drakoulias (The Hangover) not only delves into a treasure trove of mid-seventies rock hits, but was instrumental during the process of re-recording tracks with Stewart and Fanning singing, to avoid as Stewart puts it, "coming off as frauds.” 

John and Art Linson (Fight Club, FX's Sons of Anarchy) produced the film along with River Road CEO Bill Pohlad (Into the Wild, Brokeback Mountain). Executive producer and music legend, Joan Jett, was on set nearly every day to offer firsthand guidance on what it was like to have lived out this extraordinary story of a couple of young girls who dream to be rock stars, and then have to face all that comes with having that dream come true.

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