"The Runaways" have found their Lita Ford, and the band is now officially complete. According to Variety, Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie's "Halloween") has joined Floria Sigismondi's biopic as the Runaways' lead guitarist and future solo rock goddess. Earlier reports had pegged actress Alessandra Torresani for the part, and Taylor-Compton for bassist Jackie Fox, but they've either switched roles or deals have fallen through.
Ford joined the Runaways in 1976 along with Cherie Currie, a year after the band was formed by Joan Jett, bassist Micki Steele and drummer Sandy West. Ford remained with the band until their break-up in 1979, and enjoyed a very successful career as a solo artist.
If you've never heard "Kiss Me Deadly," or seen the legendary video, then I'm going to have to assume you live under a rock. While much of Ford's success can be credited to talent and skimpy outfits, it didn't hurt matters that her manager was the equally famous Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy.
"The Runaways" has already begun filming in Los Angeles, and stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, and Stella Maeve as Sandy West. The shout may have just started, but we already have a blog from Taylor-Compton's MySpace page. Photos of "Twilight" star Stewart as Jett have also been popping up on every movie blog and gossip site. Now that we have all the Runaways, I can't wait to see the rest of them dressed up, and rocking out.
What do you think of the latest member to join the Runaways? Do you think Scout Taylor- Compton will make a good Lita Ford?