Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams Taking a Trip 'On the Road'

August 5, 2010
Source: Deadline

Viggo Mortensen / Amy Adams

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?

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Yay! another depressing marriage flick! So far though, I like all of the players except maybe stewart.

Eli on Aug 5, 2010


Sorry. I misread. It first seemed that this film would be more about Adams and Mortensen. This might be interesting, more so than before.

Eli on Aug 5, 2010


Always intersted in any movie with Mortensen or Adams in it.

Hattori Hanzo on Aug 5, 2010


people have read the book, right? i mean its a classic so there should be some knowledge of it before talking about the movie.

xanatos on Aug 5, 2010


Yeah Adams is always good, I mean she was great in Julie and Julia (Yeah I saw that film). Mortensen is always a good bet. So I'm on. Hedlund and Stewart will do good as well.

Xerxex on Aug 5, 2010


This is one of my favorite all time books. I just hope the essence of the wandering, poetic vagabond beatnik is captured. Read the book people. You won't appreciate the casting until you do.

ModernAmericanMan on Aug 6, 2010


i absolutely love this book, so i think it will be hard for the movie to come even close. i think at best it will be a great movie that feels almost like a seperate entity from the source material, which i would be fine with. haven't seen hedlund in anything before but looks wise i think he'll fit dean pretty well.

teamsolovictory on Aug 9, 2010

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