Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images
At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild.
Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011.
Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for TRON: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, the character based on the sexually fluid social outsider Neal Cassady, and British actor Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, a fictionalized version of Jack Kerouac himself.
The Leeds-born Riley had won several accolades for his performance as Joy Division rocker Ian Curtis in Anton Corbijn's Control (2007), including the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
'On the Road' director and adapter
On the Road director Walter Salles had become internationally known following the 1998 release of the Brazilian drama Central Station, which was eventually shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Additionally, the film's star – stage, screen, and television veteran Fernanda Montenegro – was an Oscar nominee in the Best Actress category.*
On the Road screenwriter José Rivera, who collaborated with Salles on the director's generally well-regarded road movie The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), penned the On the Road adaptation. Back in early 2005, Rivera was nominated for an Oscar for his efforts.†
The On the Road storyline is a simple one: New York-based writer Sal, the rebel Dean, and Dean's girl, Marylou, go on a cross-country road trip following the death of Sal's father. The film's drama stems from the characters' interpersonal relationships.
Distributed by IFC Films in the United States, the (reportedly) $25 million-budgeted On the Road was major box office disappointment despite an earlier restructuring of its narrative for the American market.
The road movie fared better in France, where it opened at the time of the Cannes Film Festival, Italy, and Brazil, director Salles' native country – and where Kristen Stewart has a huge following.
See also: 'On the Road' trailer.
'On the Road' movie cast:
Sam Riley. Garrett Hedlund. Kristen Stewart. Amy Adams. Tom Sturridge. Alice Braga. Elisabeth Moss. Danny Morgan. Kirsten Dunst. Viggo Mortensen. Sarah Allen. Leif Anderson. Steve Buscemi. Terrence Howard. And veteran Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?).
* Central Station / Central do Brasil lost the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar to Roberto Benigni's infinitely more popular Life Is Beautiful / La vita è bella.
Fernanda Montenegro lost Best Actress to Gwyneth Paltrow for her mildly gender-bending role in John Madden's Shakespeare in Love, that year's Best Picture Oscar winner.
† José Rivera lost the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar to Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for another road movie, Sideways.
Kristen Stewart as Lois Lane: Merely a rumor
A curiosity: Also back in early 2011, Kristen Stewart had her name linked to what would eventually become Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
According to the rumors – the original source seems to have been the tabloid New York Daily News – Stewart was to play Lois Lane opposite Henry Cavill's Clark Kent aka Superman, but turned down the role much to Snyder's frustration.
However, according to a People article about the matter, the actress' rep denied Stewart was ever invited to play Lois Lane: "There are a number of fabricated stories circulating. The fact is that she has not met on this film nor has she been approached for this film."
Lois Lane contenders
Besides Kristen Stewart, a whole array of young actresses were rumored as potential Lois Lane contenders: Olivia Wilde, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, Malin Ackerman, Dianna Agron, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Lake Bell. It makes you wonder how the likes of Emma Watson and Emma Stone failed to be included in the list.
Needless to say, the role of Lois Lane ultimately went to On the Road featured player and multiple Academy Award nominee Amy Adams – whose name, as you may have noticed, is not to be found in the above paragraph.*
Adams should next be seen as Lois Lane in the much ballyhooed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), co-starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, and in the already announced The Justice League Part One, to come out in 2017.
Also worth noting is that, somewhat cosmically, Henry Cavill was Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer's first choice for the role of Edward Cullen. Or perhaps that was no cosmic coincidence. Maybe someone just had to come up with a story about Bella Swan playing opposite the Edward Cullen That Never Was.†
Kristen Stewart roles that never were
A couple of other rumored high-profile roles back then that Kristen Stewart never got to play – in case she was ever truly considered for them – were:
- Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's Hollywood remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Noomi Rapace had played the role in the original Swedish version, while for the remake Rooney Mara was reteamed with her The Social Network director, going on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
- A replacement for Angelina Jolie in Wanted 2. This particular sequel has yet to become a reality, though Wanted (2008) director Timur Bekmambetov recently said he's just waiting for Universal to set up a production date. In an interview at collider.com, he talked about reuniting with Angelina Jolie.
One high-profile project that Kristen Stewart did land was Snow White and the Huntsman, a mammoth-budgeted fantasy that performed decently (in relation to its cost) at the worldwide box office. Rupert Sanders directed Stewart, Chris Hemsworth (replacing Viggo Mortensen), Charlize Theron, and Sam Claflin.
Margot Kidder and Amy Adams
* Margot Kidder quite possibly remains cinema's most celebrated Lois Lane, having starred opposite Christopher Reeve in four Superman movies from 1978 to 1987.
And here's a list of Amy Adams' Academy Award nominations:
- Best Supporting Actress for Phil Morrison's Junebug (2005).
Winner: Rachel Weisz in Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener.
- Best Supporting Actress for John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (2008).
Winner: Penélope Cruz in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
- Best Supporting Actress for David O. Russell's The Fighter (2010).
Winner: Melissa Leo in The Fighter.
- Best Supporting Actress for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012).
Winner: Anne Hathaway in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables.
- Best Actress for David O. Russell's American Hustle (2013).
Winner: Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
† In case you've been gone from Planet Earth in the last few years, Robert Pattinson played Edward. Taylor Lautner was cast as his rival, the werewolf aka shapeshifter Jacob Black.
"Kristen Stewart On the Road Photos" is a fully revised and expanded edition of a post originally published in Feb. 2011.
On the Road cast information via the IMDb.
Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart On the Road images: Originally via Comme au Cinéma.