Daniel Radcliffe to play poet Ginsberg

November 30th, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe is to play legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in new movie 'Kill Your Darlings'.

The 'Harry Potter' star is set to start shooting the film - which will be written and directed by John Krokidas - after his run in Broadway play 'How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying', TwitchFilm.com reports.

The project was initially announced in 2009 with Jesse Eisenberg originally set to play Ginsberg with Chris Evans as poet/novelist Jack Kerouac and Ben Whishaw as instrumental Beat Generation figure Lucien Carr.

It is not known if Evans and Wishaw are still attached to the project.

The film - which is based in real events - revolves around the relationship between Ginsberg, Kerouac and Carr.

Ginsberg - who was openly gay - was a leading figure of the Beat Generation in 1940s and '50s New York City, a movement that was highly critical of American materialism, censorship and conformity.

His friendship with fellow writer Kerouac began when the men were introduced by Ginsberg's Columbia dormmate Carr, who was later sentenced to first-degree manslaughter in the killing of David Kammerer, a friend of fellow Beat Generation figure William S. Burroughs who had become infatuated with him.