On the Road is a classic story about friendship, about America, about drugs and adventure and nostalgia... and it's almost entirely about men. Jack Kerouac's autobiographical recounting of his trips across the country with pal Neal Cassady is a literary classic for many reasons, but it's never been a source of great female characters, as most of the women the guys encounter are slept with and forgotten nearly immediately after.

But for the movie version of On the Road, it looks like the biggest name in the cast will be a woman. Kristen Stewart told USA Today that she's joined the cast of On the Road, which is actually going to start filming after bouncing around in development forever. Here's what she had to say:

"I am very much attached to a movie that has been trying to get made forever. Not that this is going to help it, but maybe I can just brag a little bit. I am super excited about it, too. I am about to play Marylou in On the Road. So that's a big deal."

In the book Mary Lou is Dean's wife, who joins him and the Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise on several legs of their journey, and is probably well-remembered by the book's fans as the promiscuous one willing to sleep with both men. Tron: Legacy's Garrett Hedlund signed on last month to play Dean, and USA Today reports that British actor Sam Riley, known for the Joy Division biopic Control will play Sal. Walter Salles, who made his own mark on the road trip genre with The Motorcycle Diaries, is expected to start directing the film this summer.

On the Road is one of those classic books that enchants most of us in high school and embarrasses us a little later, realizing how self-absorbed and cruel the central characters can be. So it makes some sense that Stewart, of that teen-centric Twilight series, would be on board, no matter how much you can argue for On the Road being superior to Twilight. Stewart gets credit for constantly trying to take on roles that prove she has acting talent beyond gazing deeply into Robert Pattinson's eyes-- it's too bad that talent just doesn't actually seem to be there.

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