Stepping away from last year’s ‘The Woman in Black’ (or perhaps running), Daniel Radcliffe is starring amongst others in upcoming drama ‘Kill Your Darlings’.
A film based on the beginning of the Beat movement and the friendships between it’s seminal writers Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). Sound familiar? Between them, we wouldn’t have such great works of literature that are ’Howl’, ‘On The Road’ and ‘Naked Lunch’.
Directed by John Krokidas, the story will tell how Kerouac and Borroughs were tested for a murder of David Krammerer, who was desperately in love with Ginsberg’s friend Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). The first official image came out yesterday and can be seen below, a full synopsis has also finally been released:
“While he is attending Columbia University in 1944, the young Allen Ginsberg’s life is turned upside down when he sets eyes on Lucien Carr, an impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate. Carr opens Ginsberg up to a bohemian world and introduces him to William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Repelled by rules and conformity in both life andliterature, the four agree to tear down tradition and make something new, ultimately formulating the tenets of and giving birth to what became the Beat movement. On the outside, looking in, is David Kammerer, a man in his thirties desperately in love with Carr. When Kammerer is found dead, and Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr are arrested in conjunction with the murder, the nascent artists’ lives change forever.
Daniel Radcliffe fearlessly takes on the role of the young Ginsberg on a journey of discovery—to find his sexuality and his voice as a writer. Cowriter/director John Krokidas takes on this less-explored early chapter of the Beats and captures the period with visual flair, kinetic energy, and imagination. Kill Your Darlings is the riveting true story of a crime, a friendship, and the nexus that spawned a cultural movement.”
I’m thinking a mix between 2010′s ‘Howl’ and this year’s ‘On The Road’ in style. The film debuts at the Sundance Film Festival in January and also stars Michael C. Hall and Elizabeth Olsen.