Kill Your Darlings, a bio thriller starring Broadway vet Daniel Radcliffe as a young Allen Ginsberg, has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, according to Entertainment Weekly. The previously announced film, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is co-written and directed by John Krokidas. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film’s United States, New Zealand, Australian, South African, Eastern European and African TV rights.
Set in 1944, Kill Your Darlings tells the story of how a murder brought together the college students who would eventually become the leaders of the Beat generation. The movie is a gay-themed drama about the friendship of Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Lucien Carr, which was turned upside down when Carr killed his older, jealous admirer, David Kammerer.
In addition to Radcliffe, the film stars Broadway alums Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Naomi Ginsberg, Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker, Kyra Sedgwick as Marian Carr, David Rasche as Dean, John Cullum as Professor Steeves and Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr. Kill Your Darlings also stars Ben Foster as William Burroughs, David Cross as Louis Ginsberg and Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac.
Radcliffe starred in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Best known as the title character in the Harry Potter films, Radcliffe’s additional TV and movie roles include A Young Doctor’s Notebook, David Copperfield, December Boys and My Boy Jack.