Sorry, James Franco. Your brother Dave kicked box office butt this week in 21 Jump Street, and now Daniel Radcliffe is on track to erase the memory of you as Allen Ginsberg. Per People, set photos surfaced today of the former Boy Who Lived taking on a new mantle: The Boy Who “Howl”-ed. Click through for the first image!
In Kill Your Darlings, Radcliffe plays a collegiate-age Ginsberg just as he’s meeting influential fellow Beat Generation founders Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). From the looks of it, Radcliffe is pitch-perfect as the tweedy Ginsberg… well, maybe slightly more adorable. It’s still DanRad we’re talking about.
When the movie began development way back in 2009, Jesse Eisenberg was slated to depict Ginsberg, with Chris Evans and Ben Whishaw playing Kerouac and Carr, respectively. Flash forward three years, there’s a whole new high-watt cast. Elizabeth Olsen is also on board to play Kerouac’s first wife, Edie Parker, and Ben Foster will portray William Burroughs. Michael C. Hall , Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross, and Kyra Sedgwick round out the cast.
What do you think, movie fans? From Harry Potter to How To Succeed and now “Howl” — do you buy Radcliffe as the controversy-stirring American poet?