Perhaps the best performance from an actress I saw in 2011 was Elizabeth Olsen in the drama Martha Marcy May Marlene. It was a subtle and understated tour de force that marked her as someone who’s career you should be paying attention to. And if you are, you should be pleased to hear that she will be joining Daniel Radcliffe in the upcoming thriller Kill Your Darlings.
The film’s story centers on the real life story of a 1944 murder at Columbia University that brings together the founders of the Beat Generation, writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Radcliffe is already signed to play Ginsberg and Olsen will b playing Edie Parker, the girlfriend of Kerouac. Jack Huston has been signed to play Kerouac while Dane Dehaan is set to play Lucien Caar, the guy who introduced Ginsberg and Kerouac, and a central figure in the film’s murder.
The production is set to start filming on March 12 at New York’s Columbia University, which should lend a feeling of verisimilitude to the film.
In the meantime, Olsen has Red Lights set to premier later this month at the Sundance Film Festival, the same place where her career-boosting Martha Marcy May Marlene premiered last year.