'Twilight's' Kristen Stewart to act in 'On the Road' adaptation of Jack Kerouac novel - According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twilight star Kristen Stewart is slated to act in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel, On the Road. Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) has written the script.
Other actors who have signed on to the project include Sam Riley, who will play Sal Paradise, and Garrett Hedlund who will play Dean Moriarty. Ms. Stewart will play Marylou. The movie will be directed by Walter Salles.
On the Road, considered a "cult classic" in American literature, was published in 1957. It is associated with the "Beat Generation" and "Beat Poets," such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. The Beat movement was a post-war cultural phenomenon that celebrated elements such as non-conformity, experimentation with drugs, Eastern religion, poetry and jazz, experimentation with sexuality, an anti-materialistic attitude, and performance art.
Other than On the Road, the two books most associated with the Beat movement are Mr. Ginsberg's long poem, Howl and Mr. Burroughs's book, Naked Lunch.
On the Road is an autobiographical novel about Mr. Kerouac's travels across the United States and Mexico in search of self-knowledge and enlightenment in the years after World War II. The book has inspired writers, musicians, and other artists since it was published. These include singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and the filmmakers of Easy Rider and Thelma and Louise.
Speaking with USA Today in Chicago where she was being interviewed for The Oprah Winfrey Show and promoting The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (due out June 30), Ms. Stewart commented about her upcoming role:
"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."
Filming for On the Road is scheduled to begin in August with a budget of $25 million.