Daniel Radcliffe ‘A Hell Of A Talent’ In ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Radcliffe's portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in upcoming indie flick will 'put to bed so many doubting minds,' Ben Foster tells MTV News.
By Kevin P. Sullivan

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The list of characters in "Kill Your Darlings" is enough to immediately draw attention. The upcoming film counts literary icons like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac among its players, but the young cast attached to fill out the roles is truly something to behold.

The indie production made waves in Hollywood by landing Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Ginsberg. With so many people paying attention to Radcliffe's post-"Potter" career moves, "Kill Your Darlings" became the project to watch. Radcliffe's name joined a list of some of Hollywood's hottest young talent, including Elizabeth Olsen, "Chronicle" star Dane DeHaan, "Boardwalk Empire" actor Jack Huston and Ben Foster.

MTV News spoke with Foster about working as part of such a talented young cast and how Radcliffe will "shock" audiences come next year.

"What's most exciting about the script is that these are before they were giants. These lions of literature are still in development," Foster said. "Working with these actors is a gas. You can't live up to the hero. You can live up the child. That's what we're honoring."

Of all the cast members, it's likely that Radcliffe has the most to prove. As only his second film role after ending the "Harry Potter" series, the film could be a crossroads of sorts for his career. Foster spoke to Radcliffe's ability and predicted audience reactions when the film finally hits. "In terms of Daniel Radcliffe, I admire him so much. He is a tremendously courageous human, great mind," Foster said.

"He's done some work in this film which I think is going to shock and impress and put to bed so many doubting minds. Everyone seems to be ready to cut the man down, and he's going to prove them wrong. He's a hell of a talent."

"Kill Your Darlings" is due out in theaters next year.

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