Van Sant Considering Jack Black, Woody Harrelson for Acid

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For the role of writer Ken Kesey in the upcoming film adaptation of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, director Gus Van Sant had one person in mind. Unfortunately, that person was the late, Academy Award-winning actor Heath Ledger. 

However, two other names have emerged from the pool of possibilities to portray the One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest author, according to Rolling Stone: Jack Black and Woody Harrelson. Both actors both have their pros and cons and are sure to upset some people looking for an accurate portrayal of Kesey (pictured above) in renegade journalist Tom Wolfe's book of the same name, but you'll have that with anything.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test centers around Kesey, his Merry Pranksters crew and their drug-streaked trek across America in a psychedelic school bus.

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