Director John Krokidas will examine one of the lesser-discussed incidents of the Beat Generation in his upcoming film Kill Your Darlings, which centers around the1944 murder of David Kammerer. A brief teaser for the film— featuring Daniel Radcliffe in decidedly non-Potter specs—has been released.
Kill Your Darlings features a star-laden cast playing some of Beat culture’s most prominent poets: Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Jack Kerouac, Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) as William Burroughs, Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker and Dane DeHaan (Lawless) as Lucien Carr.
The plot is based on the largely-untold true story of when Kerouac, Burroughs and Carr were arrested for the murder of David Kammerer, a fellow member of the original Beat Generation group.
Kill Your Darlings will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this September and opens in limited release on Oct. 18. Check out the brief trailer above.