I have something really embarrassing to admit. I’ve never read ‘On the Road’. I actually own it, I’ve just never sat down and read it. I know it’s one of those books that I must read, I just haven’t done it yet. After reading about this movie, and learning more about the book, I realize how important it is to sit down and read the Jack Kerouac book. I’m going to have to read it before I watch the movie.
Anyway, this movie has been done for quite some time, and we’re just now getting our first look at the trailer. I’m not sure what took so long. Maybe they were trying to put some space between Kristen Stewart’s last Twilight film – and this one? Who knows. I hope the reason it’s been shelved for so long – isn’t that the movie is awful. It looks like it could be interesting. Kristen actually doesn’t look like Bella in this movie, either (like she does in her new Snow White movie).
British actor Sam Riley stars as Sal Paradise, the narrator based on Kerouac himself, and “Tron: Legacy’s” Garrett Hedlund plays Dean Moriarty.
Also receiving top billing is “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart, who plays Moriarty’s 16-year-old first wife Marylou. Will Stewart remove her bottom lip from in between her teeth and do the role justice? That remains to be seen. (The fact that her shirtlessness in the trailer is getting press bodes well for ticket sales.)
Those who love “On the Road” may be weary of any attempt to bring it the big screen. For what it’s worth, Kerouac — who was born 90 years ago today — wrote a letter to Marlon Brando in 1957 asking him to play Moriarty in a film. Brando, sadly, never replied.
One thing the film has going for it is Walter Salles, who directed another road story movie, “The Motorcycle Diaries.” It also boasts an impressive supporting cast, including Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Elisabeth Moss and Terrence Howard.
What do you think of the trailer?