Here's Who Will Be 'Howl'-ing

September 9, 2008


I don't know how anyone would ever top David Cross's portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in I'm Not There--at least in terms of looking exactly like him--but James Franco will soon try his hand at playing a bad-boy heartthrob Ginsberg in Howl, and now five more have joined the cast:

David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd are attached to join James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in the beatnik biopic "Howl."

Telling Pictures documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will make their narrative writing, producing and directing debut with the 1950s-era tale, focusing on the obscenity trial launched to censor Ginsberg's groundbreaking book-length poem. The pair were approached by the Allen Ginsberg Trust to make a film commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Howl."

Among the real-life characters featured in the film are prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn), Judge Clayton Horn (Alda), prosecution witness Professor David Kirk (Daniels), radio personality and prosecution witness Gail Potter (Parker) and literary critic and defense witness Luther Nichols (Rudd).

I don't know whether this movie will be any good or not, but can we acknowledge that Jeff Daniels and Dave Coulier are now officially the same person? They are.

Five have the beat for 'Howl' [THR]

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