Sex, jazz, poetry, and murder are on display in the first full trailer for Kill Your Darlings, which features Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Allen Ginsberg.
The film, from director John Krokidas, tells the story of Ginsberg's love affair with Beat figure Lucien Carr (played by the on-the-rise Dane DeHaan) and other members of the Beat Generation. Jack Keroauc is here (played by Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston) and so is William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). But it's the presence of David Kammerer—played by Dexter's Michael C. Hall with what looks to be quiet creepiness—that complicates matters. The film delves into the events surrounding Kammerer's murder, in which the Beats were implicated.
The trailer plays up the enigmatic attractiveness of the whole group, focusing mainly on Radcliffe's Ginsberg, the wide-eyed newbie. But about halfway through the trailer everything slows down and becomes confusingly dreamlike as their world turns violent, with glimpses of Kammerer's obsession with Carr and his eventual death.
Though the film will probably draw a lot of attention upon its release for a graphic sex scene between Radcliffe and DeHaan, it received good reviews when it screened at Sundance early in the year. "Dane DeHaan is hot and dangerous as Carr, Ben Foster burrows into Burroughs, Jack Huston seduces as Jack Kerouac, and Michael C. Hall is just the right combo of desperate/creepy/lovelorn as Kammerer," Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote at Entertainment Weekly. "And Radcliffe – hair permed into Ginsbergy college curls, full of vitality – holds the emotional center as a young artist in art and in life." David Rooney at The Hollywood Reporter explained that the film succeeds more than other recent films about the Beats, like Howl and On the Road, writing: "this invigoratingly textured jazz riff -- spliced with hallucinogenic interludes, introspective detours and moments of romantic reverie -- explores a formative period in Ginsberg’s life."
The film opens October 18.
Update, September 4: Though the trailer we posted was taken down, here's a slightly different trailer that works.