After making its premiere at Sundance in Park City, Utah last Friday and receiving rave reviews from critics, Kill Your Darlings has been purchased by Sony Classics.
Now that the film has its distributor, rumor has it that Kill Your Darlings will open in the United States this fall. We’ll be sure to share the more specific date when it is announced by Sony.
The story begins when poet Allen Ginsberg, played by Radcliffe, attends Columbia University in 1944. The character’s life “is turned upside down when he sets eyes on Lucien Carr, an impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate. Carr opens Ginsberg up to a bohemian world and introduces him to William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Repelled by rules and conformity in both life and literature, the four agree to tear down tradition and make something new, ultimately formulating the tenets of and giving birth to what became the Beat movement.” The description was provided by Sundance.
Kill Your Darlings also explores Allen’s struggle to discover his sexuality. It is the first role for Radcliffe where he will play a gay character. While promoting the film over the weekend, Radcliffe spoke about taking part in a gay sex scene for the first time. “[Director John Krokidas] was very helpful in furnishing me with a lot of graphic detail of what I would be experiencing at the various stages,” explained the actor.
The film also stars Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, and Jack Huston.