Dane-DeHaan-and-Daniel-Radcliffe-in-Kill-Your-DarlingsPremiering at Sundance to excellent early reviews, John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings could well be Daniel Radcliffe’s first shot at the Oscars, bringing the renowned lives of Allen Ginsberg and his fellow beat generation poets to the big screen once more.

Sony Classics have set the film to begin its limited release in the US this October, which gives it something of a perfect position for an awards campaign. And now a new image of Radcliffe and his co-star Dane DeHaan has surfaced, in which Ginsberg and Lucien Carr look to become blood brothers.

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.

Radcliffe and DeHaan are joined by a fantastic cast, led by Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, and David Rasche.

Krokidas makes his feature directorial debut with Kill Your Darlings, directing from a script he co-wrote with Austin Bunn.

Kill Your Darlings is set to open in the US on October 18th, with Sony Classics sure to begin with a limited release and continue to open it wider across the country in the weeks that follow. Still no word yet on a UK release date, but I’m really hoping it will arrive on our shores by the end of the year too.