This has been a pretty long time coming (not including the fifty-something years since its original publishing). We caught the first glimpse over a year ago of the first stills from Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s revered semi-autobiographical road-trip “On The Road,” and now the first full trailer has been released for the highly anticipated Beat generation vehicle.
Premiering at Cannes in May, the film boasts a pretty freaking impressive cast, including the always painstakingly wooden (is that what you call character acting?) Kristen Steweart as Marylou, Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty and Sam Riley (of Joy Division biopic Control) as Sal Paradise, alongside Amy Adams, KiKi Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga and soon to be typecast as a mid-century period actor, Peggy Olsen Elisabeth Moss.
Purists are always gon’ hate on literary adaptations, but this looks pretty great. Official poster and synopsis (your Sparknotes to the film) below:
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.