December 4th, 2009
05:30 PM ET
Leaving the vampires behind for a spell, Kristen Stewart will star as Joan Jett in the feature-length movie “Runaways” at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The film is one of 13 selected to be shown in the film festival’s “Premieres” category, which often has bigger-budget movies with bigger stars than categories for independent and documentary films. Films in the category are not in the competition for Sundance awards, but help to bring star power to the festival.
Other members of the “Runaways” cast include Dakota Fanning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat and Tatum O'Neal. The film is the coming-of-age story of Jett’s early band, the all-girl Runaways.
Other movies which will be showing at Sundance in the “Premiere” category include “Jack Goes Boating," directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman; “The Company Men” starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner and Chris Cooper; and “The Extra Man,” starring Katie Holmes and Kevin Klein.
Thriller “The Killer Inside Me,” starring Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba, and teen angst drama “Twelve,” starring “Gossip Girl’s” Chace Crawford and Kiefer Sutherland, will also be showing in the “Premieres” category.
Known as a platform to promote documentary film, the Festival will also be showing “The Mormon Proposition,” a documentary about the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 denying marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples; and “Teenage Paparazzo,” where “Entourage" star Adrian Grenier explores the complicated relationship Hollywood has with the photographers who document their lives.
The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Started in 1978 by Robert Redford as a small festival to highlight independent film, the Sundance Festival has become a landing spot for larger films who already have distributors but want to premiere before a select audience of tastemakers before going out with a wide release
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