An unofficial photo of Kristen Stewart as Marylou on the set of the long-in-development adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road has landed online. The film co-stars Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty, Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, Kirsten Dunst as Camille, Amy Adams as Jane, and Viggo Mortensen as Old Bull Lee.
Filming began on August 4th, and we received a press release announcing that Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Alice Braga (Predators), Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio), Danny Morgan (the TV show Off the Hook), and Terrence Howard. However, we don’t know which roles they’ll be playing. I’d be able to provide an educated guess but I haven’t read the book yet. It’s currently sitting in a pile of other classic works of literature that I keep by my bed to make me feel bad about myself.
Hit the jump to check out the image and read the press release. On the Road is due out in 2011.
The cast of Walter Salles’ adaptation of the classic Jack Kerouac novel On the Road is rounding out nicely, as Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams have signed on to join stars Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, and Garrett Hedlund. Mortensen will assume the role of Old Bull Lee (a William S. Burroughs surrogate), while Adams will play his junkie wife, Jane. According to Deadline, Adams and Mortensen will shoot their scenes later this month.
Jose Rivera has scripted the adaptation, which revolves around a series of cross country trips taken by writer Sal Paradise (Riley). Hit the jump for a richer synopsis.
Kristen Stewart is joining Walter Salles’ (The Motorcycle Diaries) upcoming adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. USA Today (via The Playlist) reports that Stewart announced her involvement with the film after telling the newspaper that “I am very much attached to a movie that has been trying to get made forever. Not that this is going to help it, but maybe I can just brag a little bit. I am super excited about it, too. I am about to play Marylou in On the Road. So that’s a big deal.”
Seeing Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) get cast as On The Road’s Dean Moriarity and now Stewart as Marylou, his young wife, is a great sign for fans of the novel who have been anticipating a film forever now. Various directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, have tried to make a film based on Jack Kerouac’s beloved 1957 novel for the past 30 years with no luck. Walter Salles seems to have figured it out though since filming is set to start this summer. More info on On the Road after the jump.
Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) is in negotiations to play the lead role of Dean Moriarty in Walter Salles’ (The Motorcycle Diaries) adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. A film adaptation of the book, which was published in 1957, has been in development for years. Francis Ford Coppola optioned the rights back in the 1970s.
In an interview in 2008 with CNN [via /Film], Salles said “I am not really interested in doing a period piece that wouldn’t have a correlation with what we are living right now. There is a strange modernity to the theme, and maybe On the Road is more contemporary today than it ever was.”
Production Weekly tweets that production is set to begin this summer. Hit the jump to learn more about On the Road and the character of Dean Moriarty.
While Steven Soderbergh released his epic-that-no-one-saw, “Che”, I found 2004′s “The Motorcycle Diaries” to be an intimate and compelling of Che Guevara before he became Che Guevara. It rarely felt like an origin story and it made Guevara’s tale one of “I succeeded and you didn’t because I was me and you are you.” The duo of director Walter Salles and writer Jose Rivera made that film work (along with a terrific performance by Gael Garcia Bernal) and I’m thrilled to report that they’ll be re-teaming to adapt the novel, “American Rust”. Hit the jump for details.