Actor Garrett Hedlund is making buzz for his roles as Sam Flynn in Tron: Legacy and as Beau Hutton in Country Song. Hedlund is about to make an even bigger name for himself by playing his dream role as Dean Moriarty in On The Road, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s regal Beat classic.
Having co-starred along Hollywood A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Wilde, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg, audiences can expect greatness from Hedlund, especially since he just wrapped up his most recent project On The Road – a film due out in 2011 based on writing legend Jack Kerouac and his experiences while traveling.
Dean Moriarty (Hedlund) is the fictional alter ego of Kerouac’s friend Neal Cassidy, and the adaptation of 1951′s On The Road references the stories of Jack and his friends’ trip across America. Kerouac’s novel is hailed as a defining literature, representing the Beat generation – a group of post-WWII writers who influenced a cultural phenomenon, which questioned American ideals and social rules. Dare to create an original thought? On The Road is historically marked as having influenced artists like Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Hunter S. Thompson.
On The Road was filmed in Montreal, Argentina, New Orleans, Arizona, Mexico, Calgary and San Francisco. Hedlund stars alongside Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart. Steve Buscemi, Terrance Howard and Amy Adams also are a part of the cast.
“I’ve been attached since September of ‘07 trying to get this project made. Being on set during the first day like, ‘we’re fucking filming On The Road to today’s the day after we just finished it. It was unfortunate to part with a family you’ve come to love so immensely on this journey,” Hedlund said.
Released this year, Howl also references the 1950′s Beat era. Played by James Franco, Allen Ginsberg was a gay writer who challenged society with his troubled ethos.