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Jack Kerouac's Big Sur heads to the big screen

18 April 2011 8:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jean-Marc Barr cast as lead role in Michael Polish's forthcoming adaptation of 1962 beat generation novel

Typical: you wait a lifetime for a big-screen beat generation movie and then three roll off the rank at once. Hard on the heels of last year's Howl and Walter Salles's yet-to-be-released On the Road comes Big Sur, an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel by writer-director Michael Polish.

The independent production will star the French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac's thinly veiled alter ego Jack Duluoz, while Josh Lucas co-stars as Cody Pomeray, a substitute for regular Keroauc muse Neal Cassady. The cast also includes Kate Bosworth, Radha Mitchell and Anthony Edwards.

Published in 1962, the autobiographical Big Sur charts the meltdown of a feted young author, who flees his native New York to hole up in a cabin on the coast of California. It was based on Kerouac's own experiences at Big Sur, »

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