Allan Ginsberg in Cuba 1965 Allan Ginsberg in KUBA
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Slowly but surely James Franco is going from pretty boy film eye candy to bonafide completely unafraid actor in what feels like a page from the late Heath Ledger’s book or maybe the blueprint for Johnny Depp’s stellar career. His latest move is playing Ginsberg in the movie Howl. The rest of the cast list looks great but what I want to know is who will be playing Ferlinghetti and Shigeyoshi Murao?
Beatnik Biopic Howl Lands A Cast
James Franco’s going from stoner to beat poet (not a long road, some would say) with the lead role as Allen Ginsberg in Howl, but he won’t be alone. A rather tasty ensemble has joined him, including David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd.
The story focuses on the obscenity trial launched to censor Ginsberg’s groundbreaking poem Howl (hence the title of the film, see?). For those of you who avoid poetry like a particularly virulent form of plague, that’s the one that starts, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness” and gets more impassioned from there.
The trial, in 1957, featured certain real-life characters who will appear in the film. There’s prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn); Judge Clayton Horn (Alda); prosecution witness – and, we’re guessing, literary expert – Professor David Kirk (Daniels); prosecution witness and radio personality Gail Potter (Parker) and literary critic and defence witness Luther Nichols (Rudd).