Remember all those fond memories you had of reading Jack Kerouac’s On The Road in high school? Or admiring Allen Ginsberg’s beard on the book jacket cover of Howl? Or being weirded out by just how many times William S. Burroughs used the phrase “opalescent pearl of cum” in Naked Lunch (Trust me, it’s a lot)? Well, Kill Your Darlings, the new film from Sony Pictures Classics directed by John Krokidas, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, and more, follows all of those writers during their formative years before they became the beacons of the Beat Generation. As is the case with any good coming of age story, there’s sex, lies, manipulation, and a murder most foul. Check out the debut trailer below.
Of particular note, Daniel Radcliffe continues to impress as he seeks to shed his Boy Wizard image for edgier, more adult fare, and from what we’ve seen so far in the trailers for Kill Your Darlings, he’s taking to Allen Ginsberg like a Beater to a Bludger. And with a cast including Jack Huston, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, and more, he’s in good company. Here’s the official synopsis:
KILL YOUR DARLINGS is the previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution. This is the true story of friendship and murder that led to the birth of an entire generation.
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