Kirsten Dunst joins 'On the Road': 'Spider-Man' it ain't, but that's a good thing

kirsten-dunstImage Credit: Donato Sardella/WireImage.comKirsten Dunst has joined Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley (Control), and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) in the big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to be directed by Walter Salles and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Variety reports. It continues her string of forthcoming indie films that also includes Andrew Jarecki’s long-wrapped All Good Things with Ryan Gosling, Juan Diego Solanas’ currently lensing Upside Down, and Lars von Trier’s sci-fi thriller Melancholia, which shoots later this summer with her topping a cast that includes Alexander Skarsgaard, Stellan Skarsgaard, Kiefer Sutherland, and Charlotte Rampling. And she’s just directed her second short film, Bastard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

You could wonder if the indie path was taken because the Blockbuster road has closed, but I don’t think it matters. Aside from Bring It On (you know you love it), she’s always been most interesting in art house films like Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.

What would you like to see her do next? I say keep us guessing, and Melancholia certainly fits that bill. Steer clear of the mainstream romantic comedy, as she’s wisely been doing, but give us something quirky like the highly underrated Dick. Perhaps if Anchorman 2 were to magically get back on track, she could play a young rival to Christina Applegate’s Veronica Corningstone, scheming to replace her at the anchor desk and in Ron Burgundy’s bed.

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  • lefty

    Who is she going to play? Camille? Camille is supposed to be young. Maybe Lucille?

  • Johnification

    There’s an On the Road movie and we’re not talking about the two male leads? Who are they?

    • lefty

      Dean is played by Garrett Hedlund (sp?), I’m not sure who is planning to play Sal…

      • Ceballos

        I think I read that Sam Riley is Sal.

        I don’t know too much about Riley, other than he was the lead in “Control” and he’s supposed to be excellent in that.

      • lefty

        Yeah, that’s what IMDb says. That’s kind of a letdown for me unfortunately. He’s too old…and not as attractive as Sal should be.

    • James

      I think it’s Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley. But neither of them is in the same league of tabloid fodder as Stewart (or Dunst, for that matter), so no one cares. *rolls eyes*

  • Ceballos

    I agree that it was probably a good idea for her to do smaller, interesting movies — every time I watch “Eternal Sunshine” I forget she’s in it until she shows up —after the “Spider Man” flicks.
    (It’s not her fault that she was miscast as Mary Jane, but it IS mostly her fault that she wasn’t really any good in those movies.)

    • Travis

      DiSaGrEeMeNt. I thought she was excellent in the Spiderman movies. Okay, so she didn’t get much to work with in the third one, but still. She brought a light to the screen that very few actresses could bring.

  • TheObserver

    Loved her in ‘crazy/beautiful’ and ‘how to lose friends and alienate people’…will be looking out for these films mentioned in the article

  • Ryan Murphy: Gay Militant

    - She should play something along the lines of Sugar in ‘The Crimson Petal & the White’. The only reason I read the book was because I heard she was attached to the Curtis Hanson adaptation a few years ago. She may be too old now, but I would have loved to have seen her tackle the role of an English prostitute with the mouth of a frat boy.
    – If not, the Anchorman idea is excellent, and so is this indie route. She’s hooking up with some excellent directors, I’m impressed. I don’t want to see her in a remake, but she could do a supernatural thriller in the vein of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (something with lots of style and hipsters) and knock it out of the park. She’s always been very Mia Farrow for me, maybe Polanski can direct something from prison for her.
    – Does anyone know if she’s always had this role? I read years ago that she was cast in the film, it makes me wonder if she’s always had the same role in mind…

  • James

    For me, Dunst alternates between being mesmerizing (Interview With the Vampire, The Virgin Suicides) and annoying as hell (Elizabethtown, Spider-Man 3). When she’s good, she’s GREAT, but when she’s annoying, she’s nearly unwatchable. I hope she sticks to more low-key independent films.
    Sadly I’m to the point where anything with Stewart in it makes me run the other way, but On the Road is one of my favorite books and I’m interested to see what they do with it.

  • FNL

    So happy to see Dick validated as a good movie! It’s hilarious, stars a young Will Ferrell and Kristen Dunst, and is set in the ’70’s, yet I never hear about it.

  • Heather2

    More great news for this movie. Watched Control the other day with Sam Riley. He kicked a$$. I will watch anything with Kristen in it.

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