Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Daniel Radcliffe‘s days wearing Harry Potter’s world-famous round specs may be over, but in one of his first post-Hogwarts roles, he’s donning another iconic pair. Specifically, Radcliffe’s put on Beat poet Allen Ginsberg‘s tortoiseshell glasses for John Krokidas‘ Kill Your Darlings, a fact-based drama about the early days of the Beat Generation. With filming now underway, the first photos of Radcliffe and co-star Dane DeHaan in costume have hit the web. Hit the jump to get a glimpse.
Written by Krokidas and Austin Dunn, the film centers around the circle of literary friends that included Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and Lucien Carr (DeHaan). Also among Carr’s associates was an older man named David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), who was in love with Carr and followed the young man around the country. In 1944, Kammerer made a sexual advance on Carr that, according to Carr, turned violent, and Carr stabbed and killed Kammerer. After dumping the body in the Hudson River, Carr turned to Kammerer’s longtime friend William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and then Kerouac for help.
When Radcliffe took over the role back in November, he replaced Jesse Eisenberg, who was attached to an earlier incarnation of the project that had Ben Whishaw and Chris Evans slated to play Carr and Kerouac, respectively. Radcliffe is now the latest in a long list of actors who’ve portrayed Ginsberg on the big screen, joining James Franco, Hank Azaria, John Turturro, Ron Livingston, and David Cross, among others. The Harry Potter star has previously defended criticisms of his casting as the poet by pointing out, “well, James Franco is way too good-looking to play Allen Ginsberg.”
See the first pictures in the gallery below, along with photos of the real Ginsberg and Franco’s Ginsberg for reference:
Also starring Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross, and Kyra Sedgwick, Kill Your Darlings will hit theaters later this year.