Daniel Radcliffe appears to be branching further out from his Harry Potter roles. The 22-year-old actor is set to play gay 1950s beat poet Allen Ginsberg in his next film.
Kill Your Darlings is a new independent thriller about poetry, gay stalkers, and murder in 1940s New York. The film will follow a young Ginsberg’s introduction to the Manhattan beat scene, specifically detailing his relationships with fellow writers Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr. Carr was jailed for second-degree murder in 1944 after stabbing his stalker, David Kammerer, and dumping the body in the river.
The film will be the feature debut of writer-director John Krokidas. It was originally set to film in 2009 with Jesse Eisenberg playing Ginsberg, Chris Evans playing Kerouac, and Ben Whishaw playing Carr. Radcliffe is currently acting on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and he will also be in the February 2012 film The Woman in Black.