On the Road, Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel, is now available on SundanceNow. Initially screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it drew mixed reviews, and later reedited for the Toronto Film Festival and the North American market, On the Road stars Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy, the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis), Sam Riley (the upcoming Byzantium and Maleficent), and Kristen Stewart – who seemed to be everywhere in 2012: besides On the Road, Stewart was also seen in Rupert Sanders' summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and, in her final appearance as Bella Swan, Bill Condon's late fall hit The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. (Scroll down to watch new On the Road featurette, with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund.)
On the Road also received mixed reviews in North America. The free-flowing drama has a 44 percent approval rating and 6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Reportedly budgeted at $25 million, On the Road flopped badly in the U.S. and Canada, grossing only $720,828; despite its stellar cast, it also failed to get any awards-season traction. (Read this post about On the Road and platform releases.)
Perhaps unsurprisingly, On the Road enjoyed a warmer reception in France, where it took in $2.7 million shortly after it was screened at Cannes. Also in Brazil, director Walter Salles' native country – and where Kristen Stewart is a huge star – On the Road scored a respectable (for an indie drama) $1.59 million.
Now, check out below a new On the Road featurette with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund discussing their involvement in the film.
On the Road cast
Besides Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty, Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, and Kristen Stewart as Marylou, On the Road's all-star cast features four-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master), Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence), Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), 2013 Tony nominee Tom Sturridge (Orphans), plus Elisabeth Moss, Danny Morgan, Terrence Howard, Alice Braga, Steve Buscemi, and veteran Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?) in his last film role.
Jorge Rivera, Walter Salles' collaborator on The Motorcycle Diaries, was credited for the On the Road screenplay.
Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart photo: Outtake from M Magazine's May 2012 feature, photographed by Steven Pan.