Deadline is reporting that Academy Award-nominees Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen have joined the cast of Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. Adams will play the part of Jane, “the emotionally damaged junkie mother of two children and the wife of Old Bull Lee,” who is being played by Viggo Mortensen. Other members of the cast include Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, and Garrett Hedlund.
On The Road has been a passion project for producer Francis Ford Coppola for more than 30 years, so it’s great to see that he has assembled such a strong cast. If you’re unfamiliar with Kerouac’s original work, well, shame on you. Just kidding.
On The Road is considered by literary scholars to be one of the most influential pieces of literature from the 20th century. In essence, it is a chronicle of the culture of the post-WWII “Beat Generation” as inspired by Kerouac’s personal experiences. In the 50 years since it was first published, the book has had a cultural impact on artists from all walks of life including musicians, authors, filmmakers, and more.
Amy Adams is one of my favorite actresses in Hollywood. I think it’s because she brings such brightness and cheer to every role she plays. Of course, we probably won’t see much of that when she’s playing a benzadrine addict, but I’m confident that she will bring her character to life with as much humanity and dignity as she has shown in her previous roles (see: Junebug) .
Likewise, Viggo Mortensen is an inspired choice for Old Bull Lee. In the book, Kerouac described the character as “long, lean, strange and laconic.” Does anyone fit that bill better than the elusive Mortensen? While most filmgoers know him as Aragorn, Mortensen is also an artist, writer, and photographer in his own right, which should help him settle into the film easily.
Outside of On The Road, Amy Adams will next star in David O. Russell’s The Fighter alongside Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. Viggo Mortensen recently completed filming on A Dangerous Method, his latest collaboration with director David Cronenberg, in which he plays Sigmund Freud.