May 13, 2010 at 03:39 PM EDT

Image Credit: Donato Sardella/WireImage.comKirsten Dunst has joined Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley (Control), and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) in the big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to be directed by Walter Salles and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Variety reports. It continues her string of forthcoming indie films that also includes Andrew Jarecki’s long-wrapped All Good Things with Ryan Gosling, Juan Diego Solanas’ currently lensing Upside Down, and Lars von Trier’s sci-fi thriller Melancholia, which shoots later this summer with her topping a cast that includes Alexander Skarsgaard, Stellan Skarsgaard, Kiefer Sutherland, and Charlotte Rampling. And she’s just directed her second short film, Bastard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

You could wonder if the indie path was taken because the Blockbuster road has closed, but I don’t think it matters. Aside from Bring It On (you know you love it), she’s always been most interesting in art house films like Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.

What would you like to see her do next? I say keep us guessing, and Melancholia certainly fits that bill. Steer clear of the mainstream romantic comedy, as she’s wisely been doing, but give us something quirky like the highly underrated Dick. Perhaps if Anchorman 2 were to magically get back on track, she could play a young rival to Christina Applegate’s Veronica Corningstone, scheming to replace her at the anchor desk and in Ron Burgundy’s bed.

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