It’s been 55 years since Jack Kerouac‘s beat novel On the Road was published, and in that time there’s never been a movie. Francis Ford Coppola optioned the rights back in the 1970s, but production didn’t start moving ahead until April 2010 when Walter Salles (The Motorocycle Diaries) was attached to direct and Garrett Hedlund was cast in the lead role of Dean Moriarty. The movie then lined-up an impress cast featuring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss. The movie is now finally set for release in France this May, and new images and the first poster have gone online. The release in May strongly hints towards a premiere at Cannes (which runs from May 16 – 27th) where the movie will likely pick up U.S. distribution.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and images. I’ve never read the book (it’s on my spring reading list), but I’m curious to know what fans think of what they’ve seen of the film so far.
Poster and images via the film’s official Facebook page.
Here’s the official synopsis for Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the Road:
After the death of his father, Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty, a wild and infectiously charismatic ex-con. They hit it off immediately. Determined to avoid the pitfalls of a narrow, prescribed life, Sal hits the road, joining Dean on what evolves into a life-changing physical and emotional odyssey. Thirsting for freedom, they discover the world, the ecstasy of experience, the connectedness of humanity and ultimately themselves.