New York, NY, July 11 – St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, The Ramones in the now-filming The Runaways, the biopic about the groundbreaking 70’s all-girl hard rock group led by Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays Jett, with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the band’s “Svengali” Kim Fowley (excellent call).
In the scene, which is shooting this month, The Ramones are playing at Rodney Bingenheimer’s notorious English Disco nightclub in Los Angeles circa 1975. Living Things have already recorded a cover of “We’re A Happy Family” for the scene. In addition to having a useful resemblance in attitude to the punk progenitors, the band has a direct line into the production – singer Lillian Berlin (a guy) is the husband of the film’s writer and director Floria Sigismondi. “I love Joey Ramone,” said Berlin. “He is like the Elvis of punk. It’s a mystical, exotic vacation to step into his shoes for a moment.” The Runaways will hit theaters in 2010.