Daniel Radcliffe to Play Allen Ginsberg in 'Kill Your Darlings' Thriller

November 29, 2011
Source: Twitch

Allen Ginsberg / Daniel Radcliffe

With The Woman in Black on the way and a Broadway stint in the stage musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, British actor Daniel Radcliffe is quickly making a career for himself outside of the now finished Harry Potter film franchise. Recently Radcliffe revealed that he would be playing a gay character in an unnamed film sometime in 2012, and now Twitch has learned he will play beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas thriller Kill Your Darlings, a film based on actual events which originally had Jesse Eisenberg lined up for the role back in 2009, but it seems he's dropped out.

The story revolves around the relationship between Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr which eventually ends up with them caught up in murder. Columbia student Lucien Carr befriended Allen Ginsberg and introduced him to Jack Kerouac and fellow Beat poet William Burroughs. Carr was also friends with a somewhat deranged David Kammerer, who was so in love with Carr that when he and Kerouac decided to join the Merchant Marines, Kammerer flipped out and ended up in a scuffle with Carr at a park, where he eventually stabbed Kammerer to death. It's not clear whether Chris Evans and Ben Wishaw remain attached as Kerouac and Carr respectively, but with Eisenberg out, I'm betting the whole project is casting from scratch. Radcliffe joins a strong group of actors who have brought Ginsberg to life like John Turturro, Hank Azaria and James Franco, so he definitely has his work cut out for him. Interested?

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


I approve of any project with less Jesse Eisenberg.

Josh Taylor on Nov 29, 2011


John Krokidas is someone to watch out for, and Kill Your Darlings is an exceptionally well written script - far exceeding the quality level needed for a Hollywood film. Cheers all!

The Reader on Nov 29, 2011


I'm excited for this film! DanRad is a great, young actor.

Gabrielle on Dec 8, 2011

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