First Look: Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in ‘Kill Your Darlings’
Daniel Radcliffe goes from wizardry to beat poetry as Allen Ginsberg in his next film, Kill Your Darlings. First look here!
So far in his post-Potter career, Daniel Radcliffe has been spreading his net far and wide: He’s battled a ghost (The Woman in Black), become a sketch comedian (SNL), and put on his singing, dancing, businessman hat (How to Succeed on Broadway). And now? He’s stepping into the world of beat poetry—and into some famous shoes while he’s at it.
Above is the first image to surface of Daniel as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, an indie film currently shooting in Brooklyn that tells the story of beat legends Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr—and the 1944 murder of Carr’s former English teacher, David Kammerer, the trial that followed, and Carr’s subsequent imprisonment.
I have to say, I’m enjoying the career choices Dan has been making since the end of Potter; he’s taking a lot of risks, which is something for which I have a lot of respect. Kill Your Darlings is writer/director John Krokidas’ first full-length feature, and he’s picked a doozy of a story to tell. Furthermore, if the cast he’s managed to assemble is anything to go on—the film also features Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker, Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs, Michael C. Hall as Kammerer, In Treatment’s Dane DeHaan as Carr, and Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston as Kerouac—it’s got a lot of promise.
For comparison purposes, here’s what Ginsberg actually looked like as a young man:
Pretty close, no? The beat generation seems to be pretty hot in the film world right now; Howl, named for Ginsberg’s magnum opus, came out in 2010 starring James Franco as Ginsberg, and an adaptation of Kerouac’s On the Road with a cast featuring Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Terrance Howard, and many, many more is due out on May 23 of this year.
Kill Your Darlings is planned for release in 2013.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.