It's hard to know if Walter Salles's 'On the Road' will be a game changing film for its leads, or it will join the ranks of such dubiously famous films as Sam Raimi's 'The Gift' and 'Swordfish' for Kristen Stewart's topless scene. Sundance Selects and IFC films think they might have a winner on their hands, as they're going to release it December 21 in New York and Los Angeles, which means it's getting a Oscar qualifying run.

The film has an all star cast that includes Sam Riley, Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Viggo Mortensen, Terrence Howard, Elisabeth Moss, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi and Kristen Dunst, and is based on the classic Jack Kerouac novel. The reaction at Cannes was mixed, but there may have been some tweaks in the interim, and this is a well cut trailer.

Here’s the synopsis:

After the death of his father, Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty, 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.

And here's the trailer: