Daniel Radcliffe is going to play Allen Ginsberg

Daniel Radcliffe

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg has already been played by Hank Azaria, The Artist Formerly Known As Franco, and Tobias Fünke, but it looks like a boy wizard is going to take him on next. Daniel Radcliffe has just signed on to play Ginsberg in the indie flick Kill Your Darlings, currently slated for 2013.

Oddly, this new Ginsberg project is billed as a thriller. The very vague synopsis claims it will detail "a murder in 1944 [which] draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs." The movie will also star Elizabeth Olsen as Edie Parker (first wife of Kerouac, BFF of Burroughs' wife) and Jack Huston as Kerouac himself.

Hmm. I have a couple of concerns here, but I'm going to skip over those and beg Hollywood to lay off the Beat generation for, like, two seconds. Howl was just in 2010 and On the Road is coming out later this year. I mean, I get it — these dudes did a lot of drugs, spewed philosophy 24/7, and are every college student's favorite. But let's give them a rest. Maybe look to some other writers. Now could be the time to give the people what they really want: a John Grisham biopic. His books are all based on his real life, right?

Commentarium (5 Comments)

Jan 24 12 - 10:35pm

That's not going to be awkward AT ALL.

Jan 25 12 - 11:29am

I admire that he picks more daring roles. Alan Strang, Allen Ginsberg...pretty good choices for someone trying to avoid typecasting as a boy wizard. That said, I'm a little skeptical about the idea of a Beat Thriller.

Jan 25 12 - 1:57pm
Kristin Hunt

Yes. This. More power to Danny Rads (that's what people are calling him now, right?) but beat thriller sounds like a terrible idea.

Jan 25 12 - 5:53pm

"Beat thriller" may sound like a terrible idea, but I'm guessing it's based on the Lucien Carr/David Kammerer murder case, the details of which are basically a thriller come to life. Involving Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Kerouac. Hence "Beat thriller".

Jan 26 12 - 2:09pm

I think his former HP cast-mate Rupert Grint is doing a better job picking new roles. I really enjoyed "Driving Lessons" and "Wild Target" was effing hilarious.