Daniel Radcliffe to play Allen Ginsberg

Daniel Radcliffe, left, will play Ginsberg

It seems like Daniel Radcliffe has been transitioning pretty smoothly from the world of Harry Potter to the world of roles that are not Harry Potter.

The young actor will have to work some magic to portray gay Jewish poet Allen Ginsberg in a new film. The thriller “Kill Your Darlings” is about poetry, gay stalkers and murder in 1940s New York.

“Kill Your Darlings,” the directing debut of writer/director John Krokidas, and follows Ginsberg’s experience as a young poet in the New York beat scene and his relationships with Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr. In 1944, Carr was jailed after he stabbed his stalker, David Kammerer, to death.

The film was originally set to be filmed in 2009, with Jesse Eisenberg playing Ginsberg.

Only a year ago, Ginsberg was portrayed by another Jewish actor, James Franco, in the film “Howl.”

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