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‘The Goldfinch’ Scores ‘Baby Driver’ Star Ansel Elgort

The film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Goldfinch has found its lead: Ansel Elgort will play the role of Theo.


Known for his particularly emotional heart-warming performance in The Fault in Our Stars, Elgort is a perfect choice for the role.


The Goldfinch follows the emotional and physical journey of Theo Decker who, after suffering the tragic loss of his mother in a terrorist attack while visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, finds himself walking away unscathed and clinging onto a captivating painting that serves as a haunting reminder of loss. Throughout Theo’s journey the book explores the meaning of art as well as the complex dynamic of love, loss, and friendship.


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Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the novel has received rave views from readers and critics alike. In a book review for The New York Times, Stephen King wrote: “The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”


The Goldfinch will be adapted by Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios. Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will serve as screenwriter and will be joined by John Crowley (Brooklyn) who will serve as director. 


While remaining cast members have yet to be announced, the project is scheduled to begin production next year.


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