Actor Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to reunite with his Kill Your Darlings co-star Dane Dehaan and director John Krokidas in new movie College Republicans. If the Harry Potter star commits to the film, he will play late political consultant Lee Atwater, opposite DeHaan as America's Republican Party advisor Karl Rove, according to TheWrap.com.
The script, penned by Wes Jones, will be based on the 1973 real-life events surrounding Rove's dirty campaign run for national College Republican Chairman, under the guidance of Atwater.
Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano had previously been linked to the light-hearted comedy.
Silver Linings Playbook's Bruce Cohen is producing the project and filming is expected to begin in November (14).
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe took a tip from Renee Zellweger for his new movie Kill Your Darlings and selected songs perfect for every scene. Director John Krokidas worked with his leading man on the playlist to help the young actor get into character as Allen Ginsberg.
The moviemaker reveals, "It's a method we borrowed from the actress Renee Zellweger, where we picked a song for every scene. We talked about the objective and then I had to pick a song that he had a personal connection to and we thought fit the scene.
"He would listen to the music right before we went on set. A lot of the songs that I picked ended up being in the movie. I got to hire the composer who worked with so many of the bands that were in my playlist as I wrote and made the film.
"The song that's in the closing credits, Don't Look Back Into the Sun by The Libertines, was a song that was important to me because I saw the central relationship between Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr not too dissimilar from the singer and the guitarist in that band (Pete Doherty and Carl Barat), who had historically a very close emotional and volatile friendship which ultimately informed their music."
The biopic, starring Radcliffe as beat poet Allen Ginsberg, was snapped up by bosses at Sony Pictures Classics after its world premiere at the festival in Park City on Friday (18Jan13).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the $2 million (£1.25 million) deal is for cinema distribution in the U.S., eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Director John Krokidas says, "To be considered amongst the ranks of (filmmakers) Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen is beyond my wildest dreams. Sony Pictures Classics is truly the perfect place for this film. This is a dream come true."
Radcliffe recently called his performance as Ginsberg the best of his career, insisting, "Honestly, I think this is the best filming experience I have ever had. I think this is the film where I have developed the most as an actor. It's really special to me, and this is my best work so far - although I'll have to leave it to the critics to decide that."
The actor auditioned to play late poet Allen Ginsberg back in 2008, but the project stalled while he was wrapping up his final boy wizard movies.
Radcliffe tells the BBC it was "frustrating" to see director John Krokidas struggle to make the biopic, and he was honoured when the filmmaker invited him back onboard when Kill Your Darlings got the green light.
He explains, "Eventually they got it back off the ground and John Krokidas came back to me and offered me the role again. I was tremendously flattered that he did that."
Radcliffe shot the movie with Krokidas in New York, and has branded it the "best experience" of his career so far.
He adds, "We did everything wrong on this movie. You are not supposed to shoot a low budget film as a costume drama and with lots of lavish locations. Somehow we pulled it off, but that's because we were all united in making it happen. Honestly, I think this is the best filming experience I have ever had. I think this is the film where I have developed the most as an actor. It's really special to me, and this is my best work so far - although I'll have to leave it to the critics to decide that."
The Harry Potter star portrays late gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming biopic, and had to strip down for a sex scene with another man. He also makes out with his co-star Dane DeHaan.
But as a heterosexual, the 23 year old needed some guidance and he turned to Krokidas for tips and demonstrations.
The moviemaker tells the Associated Press, "Radcliffe simply asked, 'John, you're gay. How does this work?' I'm not kidding. And so perhaps there was a little dry run-through... with me and the director of photography Reed Morano.
"I might have done it on purpose to make everyone laugh, too, but I also wanted to make sure that we got it right.
"Other films that have depicted certain moments of sexuality like this, it doesn't happen that way. And at least for cinematic history, I wanted to get that moment right. But Dan watched, observed, found his own connection like he did any other scene and dove right into it."
According to director John Krokidas, his feature debut Kill Your Darlings took nearly 11 years to bring to screen. After premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Friday afternoon, the slow cook appears to have only strengthened the film. If Darlings was released a decade earlier, it wouldn't have the impressive roster of Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen to bring the vivid story of Allen Ginsberg and the beat poets to life. It's hard to imagine any other ensemble pulling it off.
Even after a string of other performances (including the gothic Woman in Black), the question still lingers whether Radcliffe will evolve past his lightning-scarred former character into a viable leading man. Kill Your Darlings puts the speculation to rest. Embodying the unrestrained Ginsberg in his early years, Radcliffe bears witness to the energy, chaos, love, and harsh truths that flow through the streets of '40s New York. When he's accepted by Columbia University to study poetry, he's exposed to the alternative underbelly of the city, courtesy of the smooth-talking devil on his shoulder, Lucien Carr (DeHaan). Through Carr, Ginsberg is introduced to a rebellious group of writers: the on-again-off-again lover David Kammerer (Hall), the drug connoisseur William Burroughs (Foster), and the star quarterback of the literary squad, Jack Kerouac (Huston). Together, they eventually form "The New Vision," a poetic task force whose sole mission is to destroy lesser works of rigid indecency (that is to say, Ogden Nash is in their crosshairs).
Krokidas takes full advantage of his setting, draping Kill Your Darlings in bold colors and compositions. The director knows when his scenes require a bit of swing — as Ginsberg and Carr delve deeper into the world of anti-establishment poetry, Krokidas' responds with stylish camera work and rhythmic editing. In a scene at the collective's Christopher Street jazz club hangout, Krokidas allows imagination to take hold of his realistic biopic. The effects of nitrous oxide seep in, the surrounding clientele come to a halt, and Carr and Ginsberg float around the room manipulating the frozen scene. When Ginsberg wakes up from his trip, it all makes perfect sense.
But Krokidas also knows when to let the talent do the talking. Radcliffe is a performer who can stay silent, expose the mind of a thinker through the subtlest of reactions. One moment sees the actor wound up by recreational drug use, and Radcliffe rises to the occasion by stripping down, running around a room, and eventually settling at a typewriter to bang out his first poem. DeHaan is his foil, always ready to unleash bravado; his Carr enlivens the world around him, making it easy to see why Ginsberg would have been so taken by him. If Radcliffe's performance puts skeptics to rest, DeHaan's proves he's at the top of Hollywood's young actor's pack. The duo's romantic relationship creates conflict over the course of the entire movie, eventually swelling to a burst of passion. The authenticity of the moment may surprise even the biggest diehard Harry Potter fans.
Kill Your Darlings has a rare vision behind it, and it's clear Radcliffe and DeHaan are in on the plan. The ups and downs never miss a beat, nor do they feel stricken to the form that Hollywood may normally take to bring a story of this nature to life. That feels like a cue from Ginsberg himself — as we see in the film, the poet's early days were filled with school lessons he threw to the wind (and flipped the bird to, naturally). His independent spirit runs through the veins of Darlings, a great Sundance pick that will no doubt find a home before year's end. And we'll still be talking about it then.
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The young Brit has already stripped off onstage in London and New York for his role in Equus and now he will disrobe onscreen to play poet Allen Ginsberg if director John Krokidas gets his way.
The moviemaker has already told Radcliffe of his plans and urged the star not to shave his public hair - just in case.
The actor tells Britain's The Sun, "I've just been having a discussion with the guy who's directing my new project. It might have a bit of nudity and he said, 'Just to let you know, if you're getting naked, no landscaping of any kind. This is the 1940s.'"
Radcliffe admits he does a little 'manscaping' around his genitals - so the warning from his director was necessary.
UPDATE: It is confirmed today that Radcliffe has officially signed on to play Allen Ginsberg, one of the most iconic members of the Beat Generation, in the upcoming film Kill Your Darlings. Starring alongside Radcliffe in the film will be rising stars Elizabeth Olsen, Jack Huston (known for his breakout role as Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire) and Dane DeHaan. The news furthers our optimism for Radcliffe's post-Potter career. The actor proved his comic versatility as a recent Saturday Night Live host, and looks to be terrific in the upcoming horror film, The Woman in Black. -THR
EARLIER: I have a feeling that in just a few years, Daniel Radcliffe won't be entirely pinned down as the Harry Potter kid anymore. At least, he's making efforts to expand his boundaries—some pretty fantastic efforts, as a matter of fact. Radcliffe's first post-Deathly Hallows Part 2 film roleis the leade in the eerie-looking horror film The Woman in Black, for which fans of the genre should start getting very, very excited (the first, second and third trailers all give some very frightening promise). But Radcliffe is also claiming territory in a more artistic venue: he signed on to portray the immortal beat poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas' drama-thriller Kill Your Darlings.
The story of Krokidas' film will revolve around the highly publicized friendships between writers Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, whose infamous murder of his stalker David Kammerer will be a major element of the film. Chris Evans and Ben Whishaw will play Kerouac and Carr, respectively.
Over half a century after the peak of its prominence, the Beat Generation remains one of the most fascinating movements in modern and post-modern art. This is especially evident because just last year, James Franco headlined the Ginsberg biopic Howl, named after his most famous work. Ginsberg's beat poem Howl is one of the most unforgettable products of the movement, along with Kerouac's novel On the Road and William S. Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch. Krokidas' drama is the second attempt at a film adaptation of the poet's life (starring a major Hollywood actor, no less), indicating an everpresent fascination with the man, his work and his era.
Ginsberg is the sort of figure who has become, through the notoriety of his work, larger than life. But the horizon-expanding Radcliffe is an actor I would trust with Ginsberg's depiction. Let's just hope the movie doesn't open, "I've seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by the Babbling Curse."
Renee Zellweger has acquired feature rights to Pillage, the novel by former New York City nightlife impresario Brantly Martin.
Variety reports that Zellweger will produce Pillage with PalmStar Entertainment's Kevin Frakes. John Krokidas, who wrote the screenplay, will direct.
Shooting is scheduled to start during the first half of 2011 in New York City.
Per Variety, the film will center on four best friends living in NYC who rebel against their dead-end lives by searching for the perfect party in the downtown nightlife scene.
PalmStar's roster of projects also includes Lunar Park, based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel and to be directed by Phil Alden Robinson; and The Golden Suicides, based on the Vanity Fair article about Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan.