First Trailer for Kristen Stewart's On The Road Debuts
03.11.12 by Chris
To date, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner's track records for movies outside the Twilight franchise have been less than steller (see Stewart's The Runaways, Pattinson's Remember Me, and Lautner's Abduction). Though Stewart's upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman seems likely to break that bad streak, Stewart has another movie that looks like it has the potential to reverse her non-Twilight fortunes — On The Road.
The movie's first trailer was released. Stewart plays Dean Moriarty's 16-year-old wife Marylou in the movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel. The movie also stars Sam Riley, as the narrator and protagonist Sal Paradise, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, and Terrence Howard.
The road to get On The Road on the big screen has a been a long one. Right after his novel was published, Kerouac wrote a letter to Marlon Brando, wanting him to play the role of Moriarty (Kerouac wanted play Paradise). Brando never responded to Kerouac's letter. Several studios showed interest in developing the book into a movie but nothing transpired. In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola bought the rights to the book and hired several screenwriters to adapt the book but even Coppola admitted the book was hard to adapt. In 2001, Coppola again tried to get the project off the ground, even hiring Joel Schumacher to direct but, again, the project fell through.
Francis, who serves as one of the movie's executive producers, finally got Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) to adapt the novel and Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) to direct. The movie does not yet have a release date.