Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams Taking a Trip 'On the Road'
Within the past few months we've seen plenty of promising casting news to indicate Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic novel On the Road would finally get off the ground after a 30-year gestation period. Walter Salles is preparing to shoot later this month with Sam Riley leading and Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst filling prominent supporting roles. But the casting wasn't done yet as Deadline reports Viggo Mortenson and Amy Adams will also appear in the film which follows one of Kerouac's autobiographical characters who sets off upon a cross country journey to simply see the world.
Mortensen will play Old Bull Lee, a character loosely based on novelist William S. Burroughs, while Adams plays Jane (an incarnation Joan Vollmer), the damaged junkie mother of two kids, and Lee's wife. These two characters are encountered once Sal Paradise (who is essentially Kerouac himself) is inspired by his friend Dean Morarity (Hedlund) to go out and see America. It sounds a bit like Into the Wild, but Kerouac's book will certainly bring a unique feel to the property. In addition, the film already has a working documentary on the way as Salles traveled across the U.S. in Kerouac's footsteps and gathered enough material for a feature. It sounds like we have a pretty good two-for-one deal on the way with the adaptation. Anyone interested?