A few weeks ago a brief 30-second trailer snippet for Kill Your Darlings emerged, followed yesterday by a minute-long clip. Now a full trailer has popped up online, giving us our best look yet at the movie. However like many mainstream promos for films that take in gay-themes, it only hints at the homo underpinnings of the story.
Based on a true story, Kill Your Darlings charts how a murder helped shape the lives of a group of young men who went on to become the beat generation. Chronicle star DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, the man who introduced Howl writer Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) to the likes of William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston).
During these early, hedonistic days, a man called David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) fell for Carr, with his infatuation becoming increasingly obsessive and unhinged – the gay Ginsberg once discovered Kammerer trying to murder Jack Kerouac’s cat. It eventually resulted in Carr stabbing Kammerer to death him and going to prison for his murder. The violent event is said to have indelibly changed all the people involved and etched its way into the published works of the Beat writers.
At the film’s Sundance debut, there was much talk about Radcliffe’s gay sex scene in the movie, so don’t worry, the film will be a lot gayer than the trailer. The film’s out in the US on October 18th, with a November 8th UK date set.