Fans of Jack Kerouac and the beat generation can breathe a sigh of relief as finally the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel On The Road comes to fruition, with the trailer now available on YouTube.
Whilst Kerouac himself had visions of taking the book to the silver screen with Marlon Brando in the driving seat, director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and producer Francis Ford Coppolla have battled for over 35 years between them to make this movie happen, and now, finally, that time has come.Brit Sam Riley stars as Sal Paradise, Kerouac’s alter ego, whilst Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) takes on the notorious and infamous Dean Moriarty, based on Neal Cassady, a key figure in the 1950s beat generation and 1960s head movement.
Once again we see Kristen Stewart break out of the Twilight mould as she takes on the compelling character of Dean’s young and slightly wild wife, Marylou. In the 2010 press junket for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse she said: “I’m playing Marylou in On The Road. It was my first favourite book, and that character is iconic. Walter Salles is directing it. I’m a huge fan of his. I’m doing that right after this press is over. In July, we start a four-week beatnik boot camp. It’s a small movie, so four weeks of rehearsal is crazy cool.”Truly one of the most iconic and inspirational beat books of all time, On The Road is a chronicle of Kerouac’s time driving through the US and his encounters with Neal and other notable beats told through his alter-ego Sal Paradise.
The film also stars Tom Sturridge, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, Amy Adams, and Elisabeth Moss and is set to be released 21 September 2012 (UK) with the potential to premier at Cannes in May.
Check out the trailer here:
Video sourced from YouTube