A teaser trailer has been released for the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s beloved book, On the Road. Much of the plot featured in this novel was derived from Kerouac’s true life road trip adventures.
We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? The movie will hit theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on December 21st. A national release will follow in January 2013.
Filmmaker Walter Salles cast actors Tom Sturridge and Garrett Hedlund to play the lead characters. Other cast members include Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, Doubt actress Amy Adams, and Lord of the Rings actor Viggo Mortensen.
According to The Film Stage, the first will have a “darkly comedic flare;” the second will focus on the Huntsman character, and the final film will feature martial arts action (The video embedded above shows a musical scene from the 1937 Disney version).
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MTV has the scoop (complete with a long list of other actors involved): “Amy will be playing Jane, the ‘emotionally damaged junkie mother of two children and the wife of Old Bull Lee,’ while Viggo will be playing Old Bull Lee. Bull was inspired by real life author William S. Burroughs, and Jane was inspired by his second wife Joan Vollmer, who died after William accidentally shot her head while drunk.”
In the video embedded above, you can watch a 1959 interview with novelist on The Steve Allen Show. His mesmerizing reading style provides a great lesson for all writers going “on the road” for book tours. A little bit of inflection, drama, and cool goes a long way. At your next reading, ask yourself, What Would Jack Kerouac Do? (Link via The Book & Levi Asher)
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Here’s more from the article: “[The film] had its release date pushed back one full year last November. Everyone involved–director, producer, screenwriter–says there was no secret agenda to that, no worry to be inferred, no doubt on anyone’s part about the final product. The movie, which required more than two hundred visual effects to decolorize a landscape stripped of life, simply wasn’t ready.” (Link via.)