Filming has commenced on director Michael Polish’s (The Astronaut Farmer) adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur. The film stars Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac, Josh Lucas as Neal Cassidy, and Kate Bosworth as Billie, the love interest of both men. Deadline reports that production just recently began on the film, which tells the story of Kerouac’s move from New York City to Northern California.
Polish wrote and is directing the film, which features a supporting cast that includes Anthony Edwards, Rahda Mitchell, Balthazar Getty, Patrick Fischler, Stana Katic, John Robinson and Henry Thomas. This marks the second Kerouac adaptation in a year, as Walter Salles recently filmed an adaptation of On The Road. That film stars Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Big Sur.
Big Sur is a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had the strength to complete his poetic narrative despite his affliction. Here we meet San Francisco s poets and recognize Dean Moriarty, ten years after On the Road. At the peak of his suffering, Kerouac was able to write through it all, ending this book with a tribute to the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur [Barnes and Noble].