Kristen Stewart Goes Beat, Will Star in ‘On the Road’

Kristen Stewart has been told to hit the road, but in a totally awesome way. The Eclipse star has signed on for a role in the movie adaptation of the classic Beat Generation novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac, which is scheduled to begin filming this summer. Stewart will play Marylou, based on LuAnne Henderson, who married Neal Cassady (fictionalized in the story as Dean Moriarty) at the age of 16. K-Stew spills to USA Today,

“I am very much attached to a movie that has been trying to get made forever. Not that this is going to help it, but maybe I can just brag a little bit. I am super excited about it, too. I am about to play Marylou in On the Road. So that’s a big deal.”

The cast will be filled out by Control actor Sam Riley as Moriarty, and Tron: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund as Sal Paradise, Kerouac’s alter-ego in the book. Walter Salles, who directed the 2004 Che Guevara biopic The Motorcycle Diaries, will helm the project.

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