By Jack Rico
The second official theatrical poster for ON THE ROAD just came in to our offices! This new movie fronted by an American and British cast, has a high Latin American quotient beginning with director Brazilian Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station). He has also surrounded himself with other eminent Latinos such as the screenwriter of the film Puerto Rican Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, Trade, Letters to Juliet). Rounding out the supporting actors is Brazilian Alice Braga (I Am Legend, City of God, Predators, Repo Men) and Aragorn himself, Viggo Mortensen, who grew up in Argentina and speaks perfect Spanish. You could see him speak that great Argentinian Spanish on our video player to the left.
It is quite impressive to know that the people behind this very American film are Latin Americans. Even I had to scrunch my eyes when I saw who was in charge. Nonetheless, it is great to see studios such as IFC having faith in Latino filmmakers to be able to produce and lead even the most of American of movies.
Based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” — the pure essence of experience.
The cast is led by Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Elisabeth Moss amongst our Latino actors mentioned above.
The film will be released December 21, 2012.