Quintet Join Ginsberg’s Howl

David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd have joined the biopic “Howl” for Telling Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

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 Allen Ginsberg’s groundbreaking book-length poem.

James Franco is already attached to play Ginsberg. The quintet will play various real-life characters including 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).

Graphic novelist and Ginsberg collaborator Eric Drooker will create an animated reimagining of Howl, and Carter Burwell will write the original score.