Earlier this year, a film by first-time director John Krokidas titled Kill Your Darlings gained positive buzz at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie is a semi-historical account of the event surrounding the murder of David Kammerer in 1944.
The movie brings together several young actors to play beat-generation writers in 40s New York City. Notably, Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame is once again donning glasses, this time to play the role of Allen Ginsberg. Dane DeHaan, who starred in last year’s surprise hit Chronicle, will play Lucien Carr, who was eventually convicted of manslaughter for killing Kammerer. Kammerer will be played by Michael C. Hall, who has just wrapped up his long-time role as Dexter Morgan in the TV series Dexter.
Other roles include Ben Foster as William Burroughs, comedian David Cross as Allen Ginsberg’s father, and Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac. Elizabeth Olsen, who was recently rumored to be playing the Scarlet Witch in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, plays future Kerouac wife Edie Parker.
The first full trailer for Kill Your Darlings was released this week. The movie is set for release in the U.S. on October 18.