GossipCop As Kristen Stewart begins wrapping up one youth-oriented epic, she’s signed on for another.
Gossip Cop can confirm that the Twilight star’s next role will be Dean Moriarty’s wife Marylou in a film adaptation of On the Road, Jack Kerouac’s landmark 1950s novel. Pre-production kicks off in July, and filming begins in August.
The location is still to be determined.
Garrett Hedlund (also in the upcoming TRON Legacy and Love Don’t Let Me Down) has been attached to the Moriarty role for a couple of years.
Kerouac’s alter ego Sal Paradise will be played by Sam Riley.
Walter Salles of The Motorcycle Diaries will direct.
Variety.com After numerous false starts, Walter Salles and Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 cult novel, "On the Road," is finally on the path to production.
French mini-major MK2 will exec produce the $25 million pic, which has long been a passion project of Brazilian helmer Salles and Coppola, who acquired the rights three decades ago.
Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund ("Tron: Legacy") will topline, with shooting due to start in August.
Riley will play Kerouac's alter ego, Salvatore Paradise, Hedlund is Dean Moriarty while Stewart will play his on-and-off wife, Marylou.
Coppola will produce via his San Francisco-based outfit American Zoetrope. Salles' Rio de Janeiro-based Videofilmes and the U.K.'s Film4 will co-produce.
Salles is re-teaming with the creative team behind his "The Motorcycle Diaries," including Film Independent's Rebecca Yeldham, who will produce, scribe Jose Rivera, d.p. Eric Gautier, production designer Carlos Conti and composer Gustavo Santaolalla.
Nathanael Karmitz and Charles Gillibert will produce for MK2, which will also handle distribution and international sales.
In the long haul to "On the Road's" inception, Salles travelled across the U.S. in Kerouac's footsteps and gathered enough material for a documentary, "In Search of On the Road," which is a work in progress.
Salles presented an hour of footage featuring interviews with beat poets and characters from the book at the San Francisco Film Festival in April, where he was feted with the Founder's Directing Award.
Hollywood Reporter LONDON -- Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund are walking the line for Walter Salles' long-anticipated big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road."
Shooting is set to begin in August on the $25 million budgeted production, backers said Thursday.
Salles' producing partner Rebecca Yeldham is teaming up with French production banner MK2 who snapped up the rights and will produce the film in collaboration with Film 4 in the U.K. and Videofilmes in Brazil.
Salles traveled across the U.S. in Kerouac's footsteps to prepare the adaptation, filming a documentary on the search for "On The Road" as part of his prep.
Oscar nominated scribe Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries") has penned the adaptation for Salles.
Stewart will play the role of Dean Moriarty's incandescent on-and-off wife Marylou while Riley will star as author Jack Kerouac's alter ego Sal Paradise. Hedlund has been cast as Dean Moriarty.
"We are enormously proud to be collaborating on one of the last great cinematographic adventures of the 20th century to be brought to the screen," stated MK2's Nathanael Karmitz and Charles Gillibert.
Kerouac's cult novel of youth and freedom was first published in 1957 and has sold several million copies all over the world.