First Official ‘Kill Your Darlings’ Trailer and Poster Arrive


Kill Your Darlings trailer
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in Kill Your Darlings
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

I saw Kill Your Darlings earlier this week and I’ll be posting my review on September 5 after it has its first screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan as fellow Columbia University students Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr — yes, that Ginsberg and that Carr — and tells the story of their relationship as well as the intersecting lives of William Burroughs (Ben Foster), Jack Keouac (Jack Huston) and David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall). I’d say more, but I think I’ll save it for the review.

Sony Classics will release it into limited theaters beginning October 18. Check out the trailer, poster and extended synopsis below.

Kill Your Darlings poster

While he is attending Columbia University in 1944, the young Allen Ginsberg’s life is turned upside down when he sets eyes on Lucien Carr, an impossibly cool and boyishly handsome classmate. Carr opens Ginsberg up to a bohemian world and introduces him to William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Repelled by rules and conformity in both life and literature, the four agree to tear down tradition and make something new, ultimately formulating the tenets of and giving birth to what became the Beat movement. On the outside, looking in, is David Kammerer, a man in his thirties desperately in love with Carr. When Kammerer is found dead, and Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr are arrested in conjunction with the murder, the nascent artists’ lives change forever.