How do you follow-up a career making turn like the Sundance 2011 favorite “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (which is strangely absent from this year’s Oscar conversation)? Well, if you’re actress Elizabeth Olsen, you choose what appears to be a mix of genres. She’s got a horror called “Silent House” arriving in March of this year, but it was shot before her Sundance hit, so we can’t quite count it. Then there’s the dramedy “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding” which appeared at TIFF last year, but still doesn’t appear to have distribution, and another upcoming Sundance indie called “Liberal Arts.” So what to do for an encore?
While she’ll also appear opposite De Niro and Cillian Murphy in “Red Lights,” most recently she’ll be joining Daniel Radcliffe in a project called “Kill Your Darlings.” What essentially sounds like a strange combination of thriller and Beat Generation film (Radcliffe will play Allen Ginsberg), ‘Darlings’ centers on a true-life murder and how it tied these iconic poets together.
The picture centers on Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, the latter being a key figure in the New York Beat poets scene who famously introduced the two writers and then went on to greater infamy by murdering his lover David Kammerer. 24-year-old up and coming actor Dane Dehaan (upcoming roles in two highly anticipated films “The Wettest County” “The Place Beyond the Pines“), who already seems to have a penchant for playing twisted characters (see his upcoming moody role in the low-budget sci-fi film “Chronicle“) will play Carr.
Olsen will play Edie Parker, Jack Kerouac’s first wife and the author of the Beat Generation memoir “You’ll Be Okay.” Kerouac will be played by Jack Huston, the grandson of the great John Huston. First time filmmaker John Krokidas will helm the project and and his ex-Yale roommate Austin Bunn co-wrote the script with him. If this were fiction, it would likely be fromage, but based on real events and being produced in part by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Happiness,” “Velvet Goldmine“) there’s good reasons to hold out some faith.