To all of the present day, free-wheeling English majors who wish they were born forty years earlier, Kill Your Darlings is the vicarious answer to your prayers.
The film features the central figures of the Beat Generation—Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, among others—in a story centering around artist Lucien Carr's murder of his teacher and stalker David Kammerer. The cast as it stands contains an impressive lot: Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) has the central Carr role, while contemporary greats Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire's reigning hero) and Elizabeth Olsen will play legendary figures Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Edie Parker, respectively. But the news just gets better.
Rising film star Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Rampart) has accepted the role of the brilliant William S. Burroughs. Dexter star Michael C. Hall joins the cast as a separate friend of Burroughs' whose death is credited as the inspiration to pioneer the Beat Generation. Additional cast members include Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Jason Leigh, both in yet unconfirmed roles.
Excitement brews, undeniably. The dark film depicting timelessly fascinating individuals as seen through the eyes of some of today's greatest young performers...trust me on this: five seconds in the theater, you'll be howling with joy. And you'll keep on howling until you're back on the road. So you'd better pack a naked lunch.
Let's just hope this doesn't tank (like where all those hippos were boiled) at the box office!