SAN DIEGO — Garrett Hedlund is starring in one of the most talked-about movies of Comic-Con, but it’s another of his upcoming projects that is generating a lot of buzz.
“I’ve been on [’On the Road’] since the fall of ’07, and it’s sort of been on my mind since then,” Hedlund said. “When we jump onto projects like this, we’ve sort of got to tie that kite to a post and hope that it’s still flying as high as it was when you come back to it. Luckily, now with coming off ’Tron’ and going into that, we’ve got to take that kite off.”
The film has been in pre-production up in Montreal, as the cast and crew get ready to start shooting. Hedlund said right now the cast is going through “boot camp” and “intensive research with biographers.”
Even though they won’t start shooting until August , Hedlund had nothing but nice things to say about Stewart. “She’s got it all there. She’s where she needs to be. She’s fantastic,” he gushed. He also said Sam Riley, who plays Jack Kerouac in the film, is “incredibly devoted and a hard worker and also a fantastic actor.
“We’ve had wonderful times up there in Montreal. Just hoping to make a wonderful film that can fulfill everyone’s expectation of what this can actually be,” Hedlund said. “The family that we’re surrounded by is wonderful and unbelievable and, for me, I’m kind of on cloud nine.”
Stewart also had nothing but kind words for Hedlund when we caught up with her at an “Eclipse” screening last month. “I’ve met him a bunch of times, and I’ve hung out with him twice,” she said of her co-star. “He’s a great guy. … He’s written crazy stuff for it. He’s super into it. Not to sound … I don’t know how to put it. He’s, like, so in character, and he’s driving to Montreal. He’s awesome. I’m really, really excited.”
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