After more than thirty years in development, a big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s iconic “On the Road” is finally headed to theaters this year. British up and comer Sam Riley plays Sal Paradise, Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical portrait of a Beat Generation writer who goes on a journey of booze, drugs and self-discovery with his best friend, Dean Moriarty, played by Garrett Hedlund and based on real life Beat icon Neal Cassady. Kristen Stewart joins them for part of the journey as Dean’s wife Marylou, and others including Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge and more meander in and out of the path of the two friends.
The Walter Salles directed film has been receiving very positive early buzz and is expected to bow at the Cannes Film Festival this May, with a France release date to match, while we’re betting a date that’s a little more Oscar-friendly is being eyed for its US release. See the poster in larger size in our gallery and follow the movie’s official Facebook and Twitter.