A few weeks ago Daniel Radcliffe signed up to play gay poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill your Darlings. Now he’s got some company as Variety reports that Elizabeth Olsen, Jack Huston and Dane DeHaan have joined the movie.
The based on a true story thriller is based around how a murder at Columbia University in 1944 brought together the young writers who would spark the Beat Revolution. Elizabeth Olsen is set to play Edie Parker, the wealthy art-student girlfriend of Jack Kerouac, who will be played by Jack Huston.
Dane DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, a classmate of Ginsberg’s for whom he develops feelings. Carr was implicated in (and served time for) the murder of David Kammerer, who was found dead in Hudson River in 1944. The events surrounding the death are said to have had a massive impact on the beat circle, and tempered the idealism they had felt beforehand.
After a tricky development period, which has seen the film lose one cast (Chris Evans, Jesse Eisenberg and Ben Whishaw were once due to star), the film is due to start shooting in March, with John Krokidas directing.