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Kristen Stewart goes "On the Road"

By Stuart Kemp

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund are walking the line for Brazilian director Walter Salles' long-anticipated big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road."

Shooting is set to begin in August on the $25 million budgeted production, its Brazilian, British and French backers said Thursday.

Salles traveled across the U.S. in Kerouac's footsteps to prepare the adaptation, filming a documentary on the search for "On The Road" as part of his prep. Oscar-nominated scribe Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries") has penned the adaptation for Salles.

Stewart will play the role of Dean Moriarty's incandescent on-and-off wife Marylou while Riley will star as author Jack Kerouac's alter ego Sal Paradise. Hedlund has been cast as Dean Moriarty. Kerouac's cult novel of youth and freedom was first published in 1957 and has sold several million copies all over the world.

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