Kristen Stewart is about to tap into a classic literary work for her next movie.

The actress, best known as Bella in the 'Twilight Saga,' is set to play beat era muse Marylou in an adaptation of the seminal 1957 Beat Generation novel 'On the Road,' by Jack Kerouac, according to a story in USA Today.

The work follows Kerouac, as represented by the character Sal Paradise, criss-crossing America with his pals looking for adventure and self-discovery. Mary Lou is the wife of Dean Moriarty in the book. Moriarty is based on the real-life Neal Cassady, another icon of the Beat Generation. Kristen Stewart is about to tap into a classic literary work for her next movie.

The actress, best known as Bella in the 'Twilight Saga,' is set to play beat era muse Marylou in an adaptation of the seminal 1957 Beat Generation novel 'On the Road,' by Jack Kerouac, according to a story in USA Today.

The work follows Kerouac, as represented by the character Sal Paradise, criss-crossing America with his pals looking for adventure and self-discovery. Marylou is the wife of Dean Moriarty in the book. Moriarty is based on the real-life Neal Cassady, another icon of the Beat Generation.

"I am very much attached to a movie that has been trying to get made forever,'' said Stewart on the eve of an 'Oprah' taping. "Not that this is going to help it, but maybe I can just brag a little bit. I am super excited about it, too.''

'On the Road' has been something of a cinematic Holy Grail for filmmakers, including Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant, who have attempted for years to bring the work to the screen. Now, Garrett Hedlund ('Tron: Legacy') will play Dean Moriarity and Sam Riley ('Control') will play Sal. Brazilian Walter Salles ('The Motorcycle Diaries') will direct, with filming expected to start this summer and be finished before Stewart moves on to the filming of the fourth 'Twilight' installment, 'Breaking Dawn,' in the fall. 'Breaking Dawn' is set for a Nov. 18, 2011 release.

Stewart recently starred as rocker Joan Jett in the critically acclaimed 'The Runaways.'

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