Kirsten Dunst Joins On the Road

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Kirsten Dunst (“Spider-Man” films) is joining Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”) in director Walter Salles’ On the Road, based on Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel.

The film chronicles Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience.

The project starts shooting in August and reunites the creative team behind The Motorcycle Diaries, including Los Angeles Film Festival director Rebecca Yeldham, who will produce, screenwriter Jose Rivera, d.p. Eric Gautier, production designer Carlos Conti and composer Gustavo Santaolalla.

In addition On the Road, Salles traveled in Kerouac’s footsteps across the U.S. and gathered enough material for a documentary, “In Search of On the Road,” which is in production.