The John Krokidas project Kill Your Darlings continues to add quality cast members. The thriller, based on the lives of writers who sparked the Beat Revolution, already stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane DeHaan and Jack Huston. Now, Kill Your Darlings has added Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film follows the friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Foster) and how their relationships are tested by the murder of Burroughs’ friend, David Kammerer. Hall is reportedly playing Kammerer. Production is scheduled to start March 19th at Columbia University in New York. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reported on the new cast additions to Kill Your Darlings. Krokidas will direct from a script he wrote with Austin Bunn for Killer Films and Benaroya Pictures. As we previously reported, Olsen will be playing Edie Parker, an art-student girlfriend to Huston’s Kerouac. DeHaan will play Ginsberg’s classmate, Lucien Carr. The 1944 murder of Kammerer at the hands of Carr played havoc with the relationships among the young writers. Kerouac and Burroughs later collaborated on a novel “And the Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks” concerning the murder. You can read the novel synopsis below (via Amazon):
In the summer of 1944, a shocking murder rocked the fledgling Beats. William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, both still unknown, we inspired by the crime to collaborate on a novel, a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and art, obsession and brutality, with scenes and characters drawn from their own lives. Finally published after more than sixty years, this is a captivating read, and incomparable literary artifact, and a window into the lives and art of two of the twentieth century’s most influential writers.