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Watch: Trailer For Walter Salles' Long-Awaited 'On The Road' Finally Arrives

by Edward Davis
March 9, 2012 6:47 PM
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"The only people that interest me are the mad ones... but burn, burn, burn like roman candles across the night." With a Facebook page, new poster and a U.K. release date (September 21) surfacing recently, it was only a matter of time before a trailer for Walter Salles' long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" appeared, and now it has finally arrived.

Starring Sam Riley as Sal Paradise (the Kerouac surrogate), Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty and Kristen Stewart as Dean's wife Marylou, "On The Road" has been at least five years in the making for Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles (and probably closer to about seven), the director behind "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Dark Water" and Academy Award-nominated Foreign Language Film "Central Station." That doesn't even count the 30-odd years that producer Francis Ford Coppola has owned the rights and has been trying to make a film about it (he came close twice, a version written with his son Roman Coppola in the '90s and an early aughts iteration which would have starred Colin Farrell and Billy Crudup as directed by Joel Schumacher; imagine that).

Co-starring Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Terrence HowardTom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga, Steve Buscemi and Elisabeth Moss, the trailer depicts what you might expect from an "On The Road" movie made by Walter Salles. A first-half that's pretty conventional, jazzy, loose, with a beatnik vibe, the second half much more Salles: poetic, seemingly profound and full of beauty. It was "The Motorcycle Diaries" 's tale of coming of age, soul-awakening and discovery that showed Coppola that Salles was the man for the job and we think it's a sound decision. Written by 'Diaries' scribe Jose Rivera and scored by that film's composer, Gustavo Santaolalla, it's a reunion of sorts for the creative trio. 

While you'll see Viggo Mortensen as William Burroughs and a brief glimpse of Dunst, Howard and Moss, there's still plenty to be revealed from this film no doubt. Set to arrive in the U.K. September 21, there's no U.S. date set, but a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival seems imminent with a fall release surely to follow.

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  • Sujewa Ekanayake | March 20, 2012 12:22 AMReply

    Looking forward to seeing it BUT the trailer made me think of Twilight without the vampires :) I always imagined that a good movie version of On The Road would be in black and white, and that the actors would be older (i think the real people that the book was based on were in their late 20's/early 30's & older, save for the 16 yr old of course, during the time period covered in the book, not certain, anyway I always imagined them to be older). Anyway, perhaps a flawed OTR movie is better than none, and if it does end up being not so great others can always try to make better versions of it, every 5 or 10 years maybe. The kids look young, but who knows, maybe the movie will be good & will reflect some of the awesomeness (well, as judged by me when I was 18) of the book. OTR might make a good HBO series.

  • Natalie | March 12, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    This looks really great.. and stop making sucha fuss over Kristen Stewart.... I'm sure she'll not ruin the movie since Marylou is barely there in the book.. I've never watched a Twilight film but I do know it's reputation.... and saying that she can't act judging from just one idiotic franchise is really wrong... I've only watched "Panic Room", "Adventureland" and "Welcome to the Rileys" with her on them.... and I thought they all were pretty great.. don't know what's with everyone just mindlessly hating her! Do you guys think hating on someone is really cool or what?

  • Helgi | March 10, 2012 8:01 AMReply

    What a sorry set some of you are. Have you read the book? Just remember that the movie is an interpretation of the book. A movie is not a book. Just look again at One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest and try to remember the shock of difference. The book is a first person story told by the Chief, the Indian. Not in the movie, but still it is a masterpiece of moviemaking. I´m really looking forward to this movie. It can only be an interpretation of the book. So hold your horses.

  • Music Seeker | March 10, 2012 7:34 AMReply

    Anyone know where the music from 0:55 to the end is from? I've looked for a little bit and can't find and answer.

  • karin | March 11, 2012 8:22 PM

    Home- will hanson

  • Day | March 10, 2012 6:25 AMReply

    I can't believe they make big movie from famous book and give the leading part to the actors who still hm let's say new or "not so experience" ; Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, and Garrett Hedlund, and they got cover from big name actors like Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Terrence Howard, and Steve Buscemi who have more "experience" and credibility... I'm gonna watch the movies for the awesome supporting actors not for that three leading character..

  • a | March 10, 2012 2:51 AMReply

    LOL at these comments. The "Kristen Stewart SUCKS!" people and the "Kristen Stewart is AMAZING" people going at it. I don't see how she deserves to be so polarizing. She seems like a perfectly harmless actor and I really don't see what there is to love or hate about her with a passion. I mean, a lot of people think Keanu Reeves is a bad actor, but they don't go to comment sections to write long spiels about how he's had "more than enough chances" and how disgusted they are that he gets roles. I guess that's because it's currently in fashion to hate Kristen Stewart, because of Twilight and all. It's not really a "hate-bandwagon," though, more of a cultural mood. And as far as loving her, I think she can be good in the right role (Adventureland), but she's not exactly great in anything. Yet. But that's the nature of obsessive fangirling I guess. (maybe I'm wrong...)

  • Jess | March 10, 2012 10:32 AM

    I agree with what you're saying. But sometimes you really can't help what actors and actresses just irk you. And because of the awfulness that was Twilight and the terrible acting in that movie I honestly can't help but get annoyed when I see her on screen, wishing someone else had taken the part in a book that I love so much. Even in Into The Wild she pisses me off!

  • jingmei | March 10, 2012 12:55 AMReply

    It's little things about "coming of age", it's a vividly depict about the "Beat Generation", just awesome. And assumed that Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Dunst sparkled during shooting this film.

  • HUXTABLEJR | March 9, 2012 11:48 PMReply

    I have never seen twilight so can't speak on her acting ability but one thing I can say is that every frame I saw of Kristen Stewart had a good feeling to it. And part of that is that it's a film by WALTER SALLES.

    Cuba playing the sax. Ok we can laugh at that a lil. That chet looked funny.

  • that'sfunny | March 9, 2012 11:33 PMReply

    dear lena: Maybe you could help out directors like Walter Salles, Barry Levinson, David Fincher, and Sean Penn to make them see the error of their ways for hiring her. And not just hiring her, but THEN recommending her to other directos. See, David Fincher and Jodie Foster both rec'd her for the They Yellow Hankerchief, Sean penn rec'd her to the director of Welcome to the Rileys. Walter Salles set up a meeting with kristen for OTR right after seeing her in Into the Wild(before Twilight blew up too). So, man, I feel so bad for all these directors, these naive, inexperienced directors who a) hire her for jobs, and then b) offer her up to colleagues after working with her. It would be so helpful to them Lena if you could help them see the error of their ways.

  • THAT'SMORE FUNNY | March 10, 2012 12:42 AM

    Wow, the fourteen year old kristen scored The Yellow Hankerchief cause she was hot? Really? LMAO, that's the road you're taking next? Look, Kristen's a cute girl, but she's not that hot girl who scores roles on her beauty. She's cute but normal pretty. And David Fincher has mentioned that he offered her name up to barry levinson when Kristen was 17 at that point for the movie where Robert DeNiro plays her dad-5 years after her role in Panic Room. So, she seemed to have made a lasting impression on him - or maybe her hotness was so blinding, he couldn't even think straight at the time and made a bad decision. That's the thing- I get not liking her style, but dismissing her impressive resume with impressive directors while still a minor by saying she got it for her hotness is ridiculous.

  • lena | March 10, 2012 12:16 AM

    A hot chick getting roles? OH MY that's never happened before! And LOL David Fincher. Are you seriously considering her 12-year-old self rn. Really.

  • Oogle monster | March 9, 2012 9:12 PMReply

    Looks good but I'm still worried about K. Stew's involvement. I can already see the hair flipping. No. NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • Oogle monster | March 12, 2012 4:08 AM

    @Boo- I wonder if it's a marketing strategy if they didn't expand her role. Give her top billing and watch the Twihards fill seats? Seems plausible. But regardless, I'm going to doubt her until she proves me wrong. She's on Oogle watch.

  • Oh | March 10, 2012 12:53 AM

    Kristen can't pass for anything more than an angsty tomboy. She's not feminine or pretty or sexy enough to be Marylou. And she's not a good actress so she can't transform herself to become that. That is the problem. She always plays herself in every single role so I doubt there's any hope that OTR will be any different.

    And please Google the real Marylou. She was a curvaceous Lana Turner type. Not a plain faced, flat chested butch teen girl.

  • toboo | March 10, 2012 12:26 AM

    The trailer is basically using a voiceover(not Sam's) the whole time using memorable text from the actual novel, Sam Riley barely spoke a word and he's the main guy. So I'm not sure why it would be troublesome that a less prominent character like Mary Lou gets little voice time, especially since she really doesn't get that many lines in the book. She's getting billed in part cause she's famous, and well, she's the only girl who actually went "on the road" with the boys. It's a smaller part, but it's a colorful part. And as to how Marylou was written? Er, the only thing Kristen is missing is a big rack. Mary Lou was a wild child bride, only 16, but a hell raiser who was game. Kristen can pass for 16, and she looks like a wild child in this trailer just fine.

  • Bo0 | March 9, 2012 11:55 PM

    Yes, Kstew's character in the book is not very important but I'm assuming since she's being billed as the co-lead that they've expanded the part? The fact that they gave her no lines in the trailer is troublesome. Plus as Marylou is written in the book, she's also completely miscast.

  • dalia | March 9, 2012 11:19 PM

    You realize that Mary Lou gets about 9 pages devoted to her right in the whole book? And half of that time she's just having sex or being asked to have sex with someone else or multi-tasking with handjobs or hanging with sailors? I mean, this whole "I'm so worried about Kristen Stewart---is she going to be able to open the noxema cold cream and give Sam Riley a proper hand job?" alarmism seems far-fetched.

  • rrrrr | March 9, 2012 11:14 PM

    Don't forget the rapid blinking, biting her lip and exhaling!

  • ZK | March 9, 2012 9:05 PMReply

    Just Walter Salles being epic

  • Diana | March 9, 2012 8:56 PMReply

    It looks very good and I can't wait to see it! The direction and cinematography look amazing!

    As for the individual who said "Hedlund is about as interesting as white bread" and commented on Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley, I would really like to ask or suggest to not judge until he/she sees the movie. People often have preconceptions about actors after seeing one movie and I think we should give them a chance, maybe they have improved!

    I, for one, am very excited!

  • lena | March 9, 2012 11:22 PM

    Kay - I think KStew has had more than enough chances to prove her acting abilities and I've certainly given her a fair chance (The Runaways, Adventureland, Into the Wild, the Yellow Handkerchief). She cannot act. She plays herself over and over and over. She cannot drop the tics and mannerisms she has in real life. A large part of that I think is her nerves. I remember reading something about how she tries to remember specific instructions (for stunts, or where to walk for instance) right before a scene but as soon as they yell action her mind goes blank. That's a result of fear. I think she loves acting but she's totally insecure about it and it shows. If she can't relax, she can't portray someone else. She goes back to the same persona she has in real life. So no, there is no "ignorance and herd mentality" when it comes to her present abilities. She's not very good. But maybe she'll get better with age.

  • Kay | March 9, 2012 11:00 PM

    Thank you. So tired of the Kristen Stewart hate-bandwagon. Most people who claim to hate her base it off of her Twilight involvement. Her performances in The Cake Eaters and Speak were impressive. It's clear most of the criticism against her is rooted in ignorance and herd mentality.

  • a | March 9, 2012 7:57 PMReply

    Looks very good I think

  • Bakunin | March 9, 2012 7:42 PMReply

    Jack Kerouac and the team behind The Motorcycle Diaries, that's all people need to know. Trailers are trailers.

  • SR | March 9, 2012 7:35 PMReply

    I'm not much for the whole beatnik generation thing, but it would still be interesting to see how they handle this book on film.

  • AAA | March 9, 2012 7:26 PMReply

    That's a pretty weak trailer and the only performance that really drew me in was Kirsten Dunst. The rest looks either blah or bad. And the book is essentially unfilmable.

    Whatever accent Sam Riley is trying to use is not working and Hedlund is about as interesting as white bread.

    The less said about Stewart the better, which I guess is why she had no speaking lines.

  • lorna | March 9, 2012 11:14 PM

    performance? Kirsten's cute little dimple got a whole second of camera time for the whole trailer. I mean, it's a cute dimple, but would you really deem it a performance in and of itself? Did the dimple have more lines than Stewart's? Funny thing about OTR is...most of the female characters don't get a lot of lines at all. They just get a month's supply of cold cream.

  • a | March 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    I can understand liking Dunst as an actress and disliking Hedlund and Stewart. I don't see how anyone's performance can really be called bad, though, based on this trailer. They all look fine. And I have no problem whatsoever with the accent.

  • Bad | March 9, 2012 7:14 PMReply

    Hmmm this actually looks good.

  • ADL | March 9, 2012 7:01 PMReply

    This really impressed me, I'm in, can't wait!

  • KT | March 9, 2012 7:01 PMReply

    I shall see it.

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