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Kristen StewartTwilight star Kristen Stewart has confirmed that she is to feature in the film version of On The Road, the hugely influential 1957 novel by 'King of the Beats' Jack Kerouac.

The story is a semi-autobiographical tale of Kerouac's travels across America in the late 40s and early 50s, alongside his friend Neal Cassady, renamed in the book as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty respectively.

Stewart is to play the role of Marylou who, in real life, married Cassady at the age of 16 just before he met Kerouac and became involved in the burgeoning Beat movement. The film adaptation, which has been languishing in development hell for years, looks set to finally go, helmed by Walter Salles with a budget of $25 million.

Find out more after the jump... Kristen StewartTwilight star Kristen Stewart has confirmed that she is to feature in the film version of On The Road, the hugely influential 1957 novel by 'King of the Beats' Jack Kerouac.

The story is a semi-autobiographical tale of Kerouac's travels across America in the late 40s and early 50s, alongside his friend Neal Cassady, renamed in the book as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty respectively.

Stewart is to play the role of Marylou who, in real life, married Cassady at the age of 16 just before he met Kerouac and became involved in the burgeoning Beat movement. The film adaptation, which has been languishing in development hell for years, looks set to finally go, helmed by Walter Salles with a budget of $25 million.

As reported by USA Today, Stewart told a reporter: "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."

It remains to be seen just how big a deal the role will be as, although Marylou is the main female character, On The Road is more concerned with the relationships between the male protagonists rather than their other halves. It'll be interesting to find out who else is cast in the movie as the story contains thinly-disguised characterisations of all the major Beat Generation players, such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Herbert Huncke.

The only other news to be had is that Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) has signed up for the role of Dean Moriarty, Control's Sam Riley is to play Sal Paradise and filming is expected to begin in the summer.