Directed by newcomer (and Queerty pal) John Krokidas and produced by Boys Don’t Cry director Christine Vachon, Kill Your Darlings tells the story of the formation of Beat Generation with murder and hot gay sex. Call it the Sean Penn effect– hot actor boys are lining up left and right to play gay. Fantastic Four star Chris Evans will play a young football player-era Kerouac, while Jesse Eisenberg is cast as homo poet Allen Ginsberg and Ben Wishaw plays Lucien Carr, the self-destructive genius who brings them together. We’ve read the script and it’s great– a murder mystery where everyone is attractive and well-read.
Variety has the details:
“Jesse Eisenberg will play poet Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings,” an ensembler about the murder that helped spawn the Beat Generation.
Chris Evans and Ben Whishaw will also star in the pic, which is helmed by tyro John Krokidas, who penned the script with his onetime Yale roommate Austin Bunn.
Whishaw will play Lucien Carr, the Columbia U. undergrad who brought together Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Evans) and William S. Burroughs.
Killer Films’ Christine Vachon is producing the pic with D/F Management; Steve Dontanville exec produces. Killer remains in business with producer John Wells, who will exec produce “Darlings.”
GC Corp., Killer’s financial partner, is teaming with CAA to arrange financing.
Eisenberg toplines Greg Mottola’s “Adventureland,” which bows this month. Evans, who just starred in “Push,” is filming “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Whishaw was in “The International” and is appearing in Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” and Jane Campion’s “Bright Star.””