Several days ago, Kill Your Darlings released the first photo of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Woman in Black) as the quiet yet artistically phenomenal Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg. The photo (right) shows Radcliffe in some very familiar eye-wear, but at a second glance, the actor seems to morph into Ginsberg as he grows his locks out for a wavy hairstyle, which was signature for the time.
The independent film, which is currently being shot in Brooklyn, tells the real-life story of young Ginsberg’s relationship with fellow Beat legends of his time: Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) Lucien Carr (Dane Dehaan) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). Their friendship is put to the test when Burroughs’ friend and Carr’s former English teacher David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) is found murdered.
In the images, Radcliffe can be seen lying about with fellow actor Dane Dehaan (Chronicle). Radcliffe is wearing Ginsberg’s classic attire: trademark scarf, a comfy sweater and a suit. In his freshmen year at Columbia University, spring of 1944, Ginsberg met Carr, who introduced him to Kerouac and other Beat writers.
As far as Radcliffe, he has the look and he has the acting chops. It’ll be great to see him play a historical and literary figure. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that Radcliffe is more of a period actor, which there’s nothing wrong with, but it’d be nice to see him take on a role set in current times. It may a bit odd, but it’s definitely something that would make him a bit more versatile.
This will be director and co-writer John Krokidas’s first full feature out of graduate school. Krokidas graduated from NYU’s Graduate Film Program and since has entered two short films into film festivals around the world. And now after several years of hard work and dedication, he’s managed to score a banging cast which also includes: Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, Ben Foster and Jennifer Leigh. Kill Your Darlings will open 2013, but the exact release date has yet to be announced.