Viggo Mortensen to star in ‘On The Road’ film adaptation – Movie News

Francis Ford Coppola is producing the screen version of Jack Kerouac's novel

Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen are set to feature in a film adaptation of On the Road, Jack Kerouac‘s 1958 novel.

The film has long been in the making for producer Francis Ford Coppola, who has been trying to get a movie of the book made since the mid-1970s.

According to, Mortensen will play the character of Old Bull Lee, who was loosely based on Kerouac‘s fellow Beat writer William Burroughs. Adams will play Jane, Lee‘s emotionally damaged, drug-addicted wife, based on Burroughs‘ real-life common law wife, whom he accidentally shot and killed in 1951.

Mexican director Walter Salles, who helmed The Motorcycle Diaries, is set to direct. The script has been penned by Jose Rivera, who worked with Salles on that film.

Co-starring alongside Mortensen and Adams are Garrett Hedlund (star of the upcoming Tron: Legacy) as Dean Moriarty, a thinly-veiled portrayal of Neal Cassady, with Kirsten Dunst playing his wife Camille. Sam Riley will play Kerouac‘s alter ego Sal Paradise, and Twilight star Kristen Stewart will take the role of Mary Lou, based on Cassady‘s first wife.

This is the second project in which Amy Adams will take on an iconic role from the past. She was recently confirmed to play Janis Joplin in a new biopic.