Daniel Radcliffe has reportedly been cast to portray Allen Ginsberg in a new play about the poet’s life.

Kill Your Darlings will chart the gay poet’s relationships with Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, who was imprisoned for two years for murdering his stalker.

Ginsberg, who died in 1997, was open about his sexuality in the 1940s, and listed his partner Peter Orlovsky as his spouse in a Who’s Who entry.

He has been praised for discussing homosexuality publicly, rather than through metaphor.

Earlier this year, Daniel Radcliffe received the Trevor Project’s ‘Hero’ award for raising awareness of the organisation’s work providing helplines for LGBT youth.

The 22-year-old has also filmed public service announcements for the Trevor Project and given the charity sizable donations.

Radcliffe played down rumours last year about his sexuality after it was suggested he had “a gay face”.

Radcliffe, who has said he is “fortunate” to be able to do something about homophobia, reportedly told French press that he was set to play a gay character on screen next year.