The first trailer for John Krokidas’s “Kill Your Darlings” has arrived. Praised at Sundance, where it was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, this feature directorial debut is a portrait of the early life of three seminal Beat Generation writers: Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). A sprawling cast is rounded out by Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen and Dane DeHaan of “Chronicle,” among other very fine actors.
Though the Beats have been explored recently and rather messily in the Ginsberg docudrama “Howl” (2010) and the Kerouac adaptation “On the Road” (2012), “Kill Your Darlings” is being called “a genuine attempt to source the beginning of America’s first true literary counterculture.” This film looks to be more focused, as it centers on a 1944 murder that brought the three budding writers together.
This teaser, however, is a true teaser. It stops just as things start to get interesting.
The film hits theaters October 18 via Sony Pictures Classics.