As the Sundance Film Festival continues to firm up its final roster, we're getting some first look images at one of the most high-profile offerings they'll be serving up in Park City next month.
Probably the film that has me most excited is Kill Your Darlings, a true-life tale centering on the iconic members of the Beat Generation, and fittingly the cast is simply out of this world. Daniel Radcliffe plays poet Allen Ginsberg, with Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, and Jack Huston(Not Fade Away) as Jack Kerouac, in a story by writer/director John Krokidas that explores the formation of the group and the murder that changed their lives forever. Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgewick, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, and David Rasche help lead what sounds like a more thrilling take on the Beats than On the Road. We shall see. The film will be debuting on January 18th. Check out a complete synopsis below....
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.