While [movieperson id=”262629″]Kristen Stewart[/movieperson] is currently busy promoting [movie id=”420622″]”Eclipse,”[/movie] out June 30, another project has her excited for the future: the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic 1957 Beat novel “On the Road.” With the film set to shoot in August, Stewart is welcoming the chance to learn a bit more about the pivotal literary and cultural movement.
“I’m really nervous, like, honestly and genuinely really nervous about it,” she told MTV News. “But not in a bad way. People think nerves are a bad thing. I love them. They get you ready to do something big. I’m stoked.”
Filming will take place in Canada, but first, she and the rest of the cast will get schooled in all things beat. “There’s going to be a four-week beatnik boot camp in Montreal,” she revealed. “That’s going to be amazing, because I haven’t read everything those guys read. There’s a huge education process that’s going to take place with the whole cast. It’s a small movie, so to have that much time is just awesome.’
“On the Road” also stars Garrett Hedlund (“Tron Legacy”) as Dean Moriarty, the disaffected drifter at the center of the story. Stewart will play Marylou, Dean’s wife. Filling out the rest of the cast are Kirsten Dunst and British actor Sam Riley (“Control”). Francis Ford Coppola is producing, and Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) will direct.
The film will begin shooting August 2 in Montreal. Producers have already set up an office at Cite du Cinema, the city’s largest film production facility. After filming there for most of August, the shoot will shift to New Orleans for a month, then head to Mexico for a few weeks and finally return to Montreal before wrapping just in time for Stewart to shoot the final two “Twilight” flicks, adapted from “Breaking Dawn.”
We’ll be live at the L.A. premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on Thursday, June 24. Tune in to Movies.MTV.com at 9:30 ET (8:30 Central) for our red-carpet webcast, and watch us chat with Robert, Kristen, Taylor and all your favorite stars. And don’t forget to submit your burning ’Eclipse’ questions!
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