By Hannah Soo Park
If you’re still stuck on Daniel Radcliffe as boy wizard Harry Potter, you might get your chance to see another new side of the actor.
After premiering at Sundance Film Festival, beat generation film “Kill Your Darlings,” in which Radcliffe stars as a college-aged Allen Ginsberg, has recently been picked up by Sony Picture Classics for nationwide distribution.
The story follows Ginsberg’s life as he attends Columbia University in 1944. There, the poet meets Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, who was also recently cast as Harry Osborn), who introduces him to future beat revolutionaries William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). When a murder mystery unfolds, however, all of their lives are turned upside down.
In statement regarding to acquisition, Sony’s art house division said Radcliffe gave “a profoundly moving performance,” and also sung praises for John Krokidas’ directorial feature debut: “…we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker.”
Radcliffe’s co-star Huston also recently dished to MTV News about his performance. “I think people are going to be shocked about how good he is,” he said. “I’m happy that I got to work with him and actually see him do what he’s capable of doing.”
“Kill Your Darlings” also stars Elizabeth Olsen (as Edie Parker) and Michael C. Hall (as David Kammerer), and while a release date hasn’t been set, sources told Variety that it’s aiming for a fall opening. The movie will also be distributed in eastern Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.