Daniel Radcliffe, continuing his quest to step out from behind Harry Potter’s shadow, has a new role. This one is possibly a bit more of a risk than his role as a 19th century solicitor in the successful The Woman in Black . In John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, DanRad becomes one of the defining voices of the beat generation, poet Allen Ginsberg. James Franco played a slightly older version of the writer in 2010’s Howl, named for Ginsberg’s seminal poem.
Krokidas makes his feature debut with the story of Ginsberg and fellow poets Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan – Chronicle ) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) as their lives change following the murder of David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), a friend of Burroughs. (Fabulous cast, no?)
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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
The title refers to some words of wisdom to writers from William Faulkner, "In writing, you must kill your darlings”.