Playing like a Cliff’s Notes version of the classic novel, and featuring the famously wooden Garrett Hedlund (aka, the really bland guy from Tron: Legacy) and Kristin Stewart (aka the really bland girl from the Twilight films) in two of the novel’s most electric roles, the trailer for Walter Sales’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat novel, On The Road, has finally been released after filming ended in 2010.
The fact that the film wrapped just under two years ago and is only now getting a release in May doesn’t exactly bode well, especially for a film that has been in development hell for literal decades (first attempt was made in 1957) by filmmakers as varied as Marlon Brando and Francis Ford Coppola. Nor does the casting of Hedlund or Stewart, who thus far have not exactly been cinema’s brightest-burning Roman candles.
That said, Hedlund and Stewart do appear more lively in the trailer than the rest of their entire filmographies, so who knows? Perhaps the film could work. Check out the trailer:
So, what do you think? It seems a bit clichéd for a Beat adaptation—Jazz! Dance! Drugs! Freedom! Sex!—but it’s only a trailer. The full film could be better. Looks like we’ll find out on May 23rd, when On the Road hits theaters.
What did you think of the trailer?