After the death of his father, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley, playing Kerouac's alter-ego), an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund, playing the fictionalized Neal Cassady), a wild and infectiously charismatic ex-con. They hit it off immediately. Determined to avoid the pitfalls of a narrow, prescribed life, Sal hits the road, joining Dean on what evolves into a life-changing physical and emotional odyssey. Thirsting for freedom, they discover the world, the ecstasy of experience, the connectedness of humanity and ultimately themselves.
Also starring in the film version are Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, Elizabeth Moss, Danny Morgan and Marie-Ginette Guay.
Icon will release the film on October 4.