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Preview review: Can 'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart use 'The Runaways' to become a serious actress?

March 5, 2010 |  2:30 pm

MV5BMTA2NzY5NTg2MjNeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDYzODY2MDM@._V1._SX271_SY400_ Only one week after her "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson will attempt to show off his more serious acting chops in "Remember Me," Kristen Stewart will also stray from the world of vampires with "The Runaways."

In the film, which comes out March 19, Stewart plays Joan Jett while Dakota Fanning plays Cherie Currie, two founding members of the influential all-girl '70's band the Runaways. As my colleague Chris Lee wrote before the movie premiered at Sundance in January, the movie is based on the real-life band, who "between the years 1975 and '79 ... packed shows from coast to coast, toured the world and racked up hits before self-immolating in a blaze of drugs, jealousies and in-fighting."

Judging by the newly released trailer, which is narrated by Fanning's character, the movie feels almost like a grittier "Almost Famous." Currie, with her blond feathered hair, comes off as impressionable and wide-eyed, following Jett's bad-girl lead into the world of rock n' roll. Both are dressed in awesome '70s garb: studded leather jackets, hot pink lipstick and high-waisted jeans.

Interestingly, there are also no big hints in the trailer to the much-hyped sapphic romance between the characters.

Watch the trailer and vote in our poll to share your thoughts: Will Stewart ever be able to break free of her iconic Bella Swan role?

Surprisingly, it's not Stewart but Fanning who seems to shine in the film. Fanning is known for her more innocent roles in "I Am Sam" and "The Secret Life of Bees," but we were surprised by how much we bought Currie's penchant for hard partying. Stewart, meanwhile, seems to be channeling the persona the public has assigned to her: a surly, rebellious teen who wants to do things her own way.  The question, of course, is whether she has the versatility to pull off roles that go beyond that of the mopey Bella Swan  ingenue in "Twilight" and "New Moon." Despite the glimmers of possibility she flashed in "Adventureland," from the bits we've see in this trailer, we have our doubts.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Dakota Fanning, left, and Kristen Stewart in "The Runaways." Credit: Apparition.


 
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Stewie (L)! I love her, and support every proyect in her life!.

Thanks to her humble and "mopeyness", Kristin Stewart is a very beautiful and sexy woman and will always be a great actress because she's natural, unlike the many pretentious phonies without a morsel of talent Hollywood and the mentally-challenged moronic masses deem celebrities and adore - such academy award winning bimbos like "ummm OMFG! Paris "No Brain: Hilton, Kim "Wide Load" Kardashian, Lindsey "AA Rehababe" Lohan, and The Olsen "Stickly Sickly" Twins". Not to mention she has a long career ahead and plenty of growing to do. Fer Shur, she'll alwayz B a NOMI-KNEE baby 2 Me.

Kristin Stewart is just as bad as an actress as Megan Fox, the only thing that these two have going for them is how hott they are. In every movie I've seen her in it's the same role, "Out in the Wild"(I don't think to many people saw her in that), "Adventure Land," And I already know how many people are going to disagree, but twilight is also very terrible acting. The sad part of this movie is that The Runaways deserve a much better cast with the exception of Dakota Fanning who in my opinion blows Kristin Stewart out of the water any day with her acting ability. The only reason I could see this movie being even ok is because Dakota will be pulling weight for the both of them.

Kristin Stewart is just as bad as an actress as Megan Fox, the only thing that these two have going for them is how hott they are. In every movie I've seen her in it's the same role, "Out in the Wild"(I don't think to many people saw her in that), "Adventure Land," And I already know how many people are going to disagree, but twilight is also very terrible acting. The sad part of this movie is that The Runaways deserve a much better cast with the exception of Dakota Fanning who in my opinion blows Kristin Stewart out of the water any day with her acting ability. The only reason I could see this movie being even ok is because Dakota will be pulling weight for the both of them.

So basically you're saying that you have summed up Kristen's performance in the Runaways by what you saw in that two minute clip!?!??? Hahahahahaha And what I've summed up by reading your 30 second article is that you wasted your money on journalism in college. Why don't you watch the ENTIRE movie when it comes out and then give us your review of Kristen's performance.... not by watching all 5 seconds of her in this clip! Pffft

Me parece que la autora de la nota no leyo los innumerables comentarios positivos hechos en el festival de Sundance. Me atrevo a decir que todos alabaron su actuacion, gente de la talla del señor Roger Eber hablaron muy, muy bien de la actriz Kristen Stewart!

Yes, Fanning seems to takes the spotlight in this movie but that is because the movie is based on Currie's memoir and I believe Fanning gets the most screen time because of that. Fanning also gets to put on all the sexy lingerie.

to Lea
Do you think people can take you seriouly when you don't even know the title of the movie you're talking about? Please by the way you can also spell kriten name correctly or is it to much to ask?

If you think she is such a bad actress spare your time and money and don't see the movie. Is just as simple as that.

By the way Kristen was it before twilight stupidity and will be it after twilight bullshit.

I wish I could give Kristen Stewart some reverse botox...anything to make her more expressive! Seriously, it's like her face actually froze that way.

First let me say I am not a Twi-hard. I am a middle aged woman who loves Independent films. Kristen Stewart already has a very impressive resume of indie performances. She was good in Adventureland but she is amazing in The Cake Eaters. If an intelligent opinion is to be offered on Ms Stewarts abilities then Ms Kaufman should have a least reviewed her body of work before making such a statement based solely on a two minute theaterical trailer and the media circus that is Twilight.

Kristen's already shown off her acting chops pre-Twilight, but it's good to have her do something non-bella like to remember folks what she is capable of. Come on, you gotta be pretty impressive if you can do bella swan and joan effing jett back to back.

This girl seriously hot, I can't wait for her stripper movie to come out too.

why does your poll bag on Adventureland? that was a great film, I loved it, it was one of her stronger performances and movies. Her and jesse eisenberg had incredible chemistry.

Thank you LATimes for this article!!! It is funny how the Twilight fans will do ANYTHING to prove every1 else wrong, regarding their beloved stars; although they hope(&think) differently, Stewart hasn't shown much to the world; she needs to show some character in her films...&talent..&versatility; she hasn't done it yet; it's always the same character, with a different name in a different context. Again, thank you very much LATimes for not succumbing to the twifans terrorism&speaking your mind freely!! During Sundance, press was semi-forced to say good stuff about this film; I suppose the Sundance director had to be proven legit for picking 2 Bella-movies, cause that's what they are, which he did just for the media attention; and he got it! ! If you people were at Sundance this year, you would know what I mean! Twifans EVERYWHERE!! Yeah, let's see what roles she pics from now on...and then talk about talent or no talent

Thank you LATimes for this article!!! It is funny how the Twilight fans will do ANYTHING to prove every1 else wrong, regarding their beloved stars; although they hope(&think) differently, Stewart hasn't shown much to the world; she needs to show some character in her films...&talent..&versatility; she hasn't done it yet; it's always the same character, with a different name in a different context. Again, thank you very much LATimes for not succumbing to the twifans terrorism&speaking your mind freely!! During Sundance, press was semi-forced to say good stuff about this film; I suppose the Sundance director had to be proven legit for picking 2 Bella-movies, cause that's what they are, which he did just for the media attention; and he got it! ! If you people were at Sundance this year, you would know what I mean! Twifans EVERYWHERE!! Yeah, let's see what roles she pics from now on...and then talk about talent or no talent

The movie reproduces the Runaways' actual music, which is no better that you might expect, but the acting is very convincing. Kristen Stewart proves once again that she's a rising star...Kristen Stewart here is tougher even than her punk rocker in "The Runaways." Who knew she had these notes? I'm discovering an important new actress. By Roger Ebert!

Kristen already IS a serious actress. She's worked in top-notch films, and with amazing people before. Her acting world did not begin with Twilight, she's been in the business for a decade.

She worked with Sean Penn in the critically-acclaimed "Into the Wild," and I highly recommend you check out her fantastic performances in "The Cake Eaters," "Speak," "Adventureland," and "Fierce People." She's also getting great reviews for her performances in "Welcome to the Rileys" and "The Yellow Handkerchief," the latter of which she shot a year before Twilight ever came along.

Please don't use films like "Twilight" to judge someone's acting ability. The material alone is bad enough that not even Kate Winslet could have turned it into gold.

ewww, you make me vomit LA times and i 'm not a twilight fans, you are really disgusting. I LIKE more perez hilton

LA TIMES, before you place judgment on Kristen Stewart acting capabilities, why don't you check out her bio/ filmography she has a large volume of quality work behind her. the cake eaters where she was awesome in, panic room, catch that kid, adventureland, just to name a few and not to mention the yellow hankerchief and welcome to the riley's. and may I add she was not bad in new moon to be honest with what she is given with the authors writing. I think she was pretty damn good!! I personally feel this is an attack on her personal life instead on her actual body of work. This girl has been working her ass off just doing what she loves. I actually think she can equally be as good as any other actress if given the chance and people like you stop hating on her! just because she refuses to be like nikki reed, anna kendrick, ashley greene and glam up hollywood and behave a certain way does not mean she is not note worthy in a positive way. I think you should wait to see the film before casting doubt, she already established she can act, we are just waiting to see Ms. Stewart show us more of what she does best.

You judging Kristen's acting abilities based on a 2+min trailer?!! Seriously??!!!

Kristen's a very sexy girl with a bright future. I got see Welcome to the Riley's and while the film itself was a mixed bag, Kristen's performance was almost shocking in it's sexually feral nature. Very sexy performance, and I doubt the Runaways will top it. Can't wait to see her push the enevelop more in the future.

This movie is based on neon angel, Currie's autobiography. Of course Fanning has the more showcasey role as a result. her backstory is delved into, while Jett's backstory is nonexistent in this film, only her ambitions are meditated upon. Hilarious you attempt to judge Kristen's acting by a minute long trailer though. It seems the critics who saw the film at Sundance were split 50/50 between who really owned the movie. Some thought Fanning for her portrayal of little girl lost. Others found Currie's character too cliched, with Kristen's role and consequent acting showing more possibilities.

Saw it already, Stewart did a very good job, and held her own against some pretty strong older actors. It's a very good springboard that should prevent her and Dakota Fanning against being stereotyped.

Shes not that great of an actress and until Twilight came around no one cared about her or the movies she was doing. Shes only this big beause of the character she portrays and its unfortunate that its wasted on someone like her. she will be big only because the twilight fans will make her big, not because of her acting ability.

Amy, if she's such a subpar actress, why are people like sean penn and barry levinson and jodie foster responsible for passing her name along to people involved with her current projects? Are they simply twihards too, blinded by the bella light? I mean seriously, I find it hilarious that you think you have a better gauge on her acting potential than oscar winners and reputed directors.

 
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