John Krokidas directorial debut Kill Your Darlings. The drama, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, focuses on the early years of the famed Beat generation that consisted of Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac and the murder that brought them together. Check out the trailer below (courtesy of Yahoo! Movies)
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 and literature, 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.
Krokidas has assembled a great cast that includes Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg, Dane DeHaan as Carr, Ben Foster as Burroughs, and Jack Huston as Kerouac. Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, David Cross, and Jennifer Jason Leigh co-star.
Sony Pictures Classics will release Kill Your Darlings in theaters on October 18th. What do you think of the trailer?