Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan are heading back to campus, but this time they’re trading poetry for politics. The pair are reuniting with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas for College Republicans, Wes Jones‘s Black List script about Karl Rove and Lee Atwater‘s younger days. Radcliffe is attached to play Atwater, while DeHaan will tackle the part of Rove. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Friday is the first real day of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and I spent the afternoon in the Eccles Theater (aka the Park City High School auditorium) watching two films: Jerusha Hess‘ adaptation of Austenland starring Keri Russell, and Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. After the jump you can find my mini reactions and a video blog I recorded with Steve Weintraub from Collider.
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The image above comes straight from Sundance and is the first official look at the cast of Kill Your Darlings, which features a good crop of young actors as Beat Generation luminaries such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Daniel Radcliffe plays Ginsberg and Ben Foster plays Burroughs; Jack Huston joins in as Jack Kerouac, and Dane DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, who introduced Ginsberg to Burroughs and Kerouac, and in so doing helped create one of the most notable writers’ cliques of the century.

But a guy named David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) was in love with Carr, and when Kammerer was found murdered, the group of friends was caught up in the investigation, and the young Ginsberg’s coming of age is tainted by experience he would never have predicted.

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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 KrokidasKill 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.

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If I presented to you the following list, what would you pick as the common thread? Think about: Hank Azaria, David Cross, John Turturro, Ron Livingston and James Franco. They’re all actors who have played beat poet Allen Ginsberg, author of Howl, in various projects over the years. And now Daniel Radcliffe may be the latest addition to the list. He’s reportedly the choice to play Ginsberg in a film called Kill Your Darlings, an indie which has been in development for a couple years. Read More »

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