But the iconic Beat novel will finally be brought to the big screen, courtesy of director Walter Salles, and the movie's trailer has just been released. Sam Riley stars as Kerouac's alter ego Sal Paradise, Garrett Hedlund plays the Neal Cassady-inspired Dean Moriarty and Kristen Stewart portrays Dean's young wife, Marylou. Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi and Elisabeth Moss round out the cast.
The trailer sees Riley delivering perhaps the book's best-known line, "The only people that interest me are the mad ones. The ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like roman candles across the night."
Watch it below: