Daniel Radcliffe to portray poet Allen GinsbergPost-Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has performed in a Broadway musical and a horror film, and he may now portray the young Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the independent thriller Kill Your Darlings, he told the French press, according to a report in New York magazine. Set in New York in the mid-1940s, the story follows the friendships between Ginsberg and writers Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, who murdered an older admirer, David Kammerer, a friend of author William S. Burroughs.

Radcliffe would be replacing Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), who originally took on the role in 2009. It is not confirmed if Chris Evans (Captain America), set to play Kerouac, and Ben Whishaw (Brideshead Revisited), set to play Carr, remain with the project.

James Franco played Ginsberg in Howl in 2010. Another film about the Beat era, On the Road, based on Kerouac’s seminal book, will be released in 2012 starring Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen.

Written and directed by John Krokidas in his first feature-length film, Kill Your Darlings is scheduled for release in 2012.

Radcliffe is appearing in the revival of the 1960s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying until December. Next, he will be seen in the gothic thriller The Woman in Black, due in cinemas early in 2012. — AFP RELAXNEWS