Worse, after three years of not-a-peep from Riley (he had a role in the British fantasy film Franklyn, but nothing else), I thought he was destined to be a one hit wonder, without even much of a hit. So for me the best news to surface yesterday -- a day mostly dominated by speculation over the mysterious J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg project Super 8 -- was that Walter Salles had chosen Riley as his leading man in his long-in-gestation take on Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Riley will play beatnik wanderer Sal Paradise, who's really a stand-in for Kerouac himself. (There is, I suppose, a trivial resemblance.) Kristen Stewart is also joining the cast.*
In addition to Riley's return, I'm also looking forward to another stateside effort from Walter Salles, whose Dark Water was pretty much the only acceptable J-horror remake, and one of the loveliest horror films of the last decade. I'm not the world's biggest Kerouac fan, but let's do this thing.
*Did I bury the lede here? Sorry.