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From Harry Potter to…Allen Ginsberg?

By Harriet Staff


On the Road and The Broken Tower aren’t the only films-about-poets-starring-good-looking-young male-celebs on the block (got another phrasing? hmm, “star vehicles that aim to bring poetry into the filmic mainstream”?). Anyway: The Hollywood Reporter now tells us that “Daniel Radcliffe Officially Lands Role as Poet Allen Ginsberg.”

The film, entitled Kill Your Darlings, is co-produced by Killer Films, and “will capture how a murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.'” (Does Luc Sante know?) The film co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Dane DeHaan, and Jack Huston and will be in theaters next year.

Radcliffe told MTV News:

It’s one of the things that’s on the table absolutely. It would be amazing and I’m very, very enthused for that script and that young director,” he said of the John Krokidas-helmed project, which is also set to star Elizabeth Olsen, who recently raved about Radcliffe’s talent and her excitement to work with him in “Darlings.” “It’s an independent film, it’s welcome to the world of independent film — from one day to the next it could happen or not happen. Until I’m there on the set, I’m not going to say anything about it.”

Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.