I'm torn. Part of me is baffled by this casting announcement, while the other part wants to cry out: "Sweet!"
Variety reports that Jesse Eisenberg, the indie cutie from films like Roger Dodger and The Education of Charlie Banks, has been tapped to play poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. This is that project that Christine Vachon is producing (written by Austin Bunn and director John Krokidas), which follows the story of Lucien Carr, and how he murdered William Burrough's childhood friend David Kammerer after a supposed unwanted sexual advance and physical attack.
Along with Eisenberg, it seems that Chris Evans, believe it or not, is set to play Jack Kerouac, and Ben Whishaw will take care of Carr. But Eisenberg ... he's become such the indie boy over these last handful of years that it'll be hard to imagine him donning the glasses and becoming a Beat icon. But hey, if Cate Blanchett can play Bob Dylan...
To help you figure out your take on the casting, I've given you a comparison above. The black and white shot of Carr, Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs was taken in 1944, the year this all went down. With three set, are you happy with the choices? And who would you pick for Mr. Burroughs? I'm getting Stephen Dorff, Corin Nemec flashes, but that only would've worked in the '90s.