It has just been brought to my attention that Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame has officially joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. He will play Young Boris, as I correctly guessed he would.
The plot follows Theo Decker (Elgort) who, after surviving a terrorist attack on an art museum that claims the life of his mother, is sucked into the criminal underworld and embarks on a life of art forgery. The action sprawls from New York to Las Vegas and back again, spanning Theo’s childhood and young adult life. While living with his deadbeat dad in Vegas after his mother’s death, Theo meets Boris (Wolfhard and Barnard), a petty criminal with whom he bonds and remains friends into adulthood.
The Goldfinch is one of my favorite books and I fully support Wolfhard’s casting, as he, given his excellent performances in both Stranger Things and IT, I trust him with the role of my beloved Boris. Don’t screw it up, Finn.
With each casting announcement I grow equal parts more apprehensive and excited for the upcoming adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
First, Ansel Elgort was named the protagonist, Theodore Decker, a young man who, as a child, survives a terrorist attack on an art museum, which kills his mother. His life subsequently takes many wild turns, leading him from New York to Las Vegas where he lives with his very dodgy dad, and then back to the East Coast where he becomes involved in art forgeries and the criminal underworld. It’s a trip. After Elgort, Dunkirk‘s Aneurin Barnard was cast as Boris, followed by none other than Sarah Paulson as Theo’s trashy stepmother Xandra (How good? So good). And now it’s been announced Willa Fitzgerald will play Kitsey Barbour.
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So why apprehensive, you ask? Why not just excited? Because you can never count on the adaptation of your favorite book being good enough or on-point enough or well-cast enough or anything enough to satisfy your ferociously specific and obsessive bookworm needs.
But I digress. I’m feeling pretty optimistic about the cast so far. Elgort really proved himself this year in Baby Driver, Bernard looks exactly how I imagined Boris, Paulson can do no wrong, and Fitzgerald looks fairly Kitsey-like. And on top of that, she is playing Meg in the upcoming mini-series adaptation of Little Women, about which I am also very excited and apprehensive, but that’s a story for another article. The Goldfinch will be Fitzgerald’s biggest role to date, having starred in MTV’s Scream, and Alpha House.
Variety reports that Amazon Studios will co-finance The Goldfinch, and it will begin production in early 2018, and Warner Bros. will distribute the film.
All three of Donna Tartt’s novels constitute three of my favorite books. They’re vast, intricate, dark, and cinematic. And yet none have yet been adapted for the big screen. That is about to change, however, with the news breaking that Warner Bros. finalized a deal with Amazon Studios to co-finance a film version of The Goldfinch.
Reader, I LOVE The Goldfinch. It is just supreme. And I must say, thus far I have not been overwhelmed by the choice of actors. Sarah Paulson is the third actor to be officially announced as part of the cast of the upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and this is the first time one of these announcements has made me really happy.
The first actor to join the cast was Ansel Elgort about whom I am deeply ambivalent. Aneurin Bernard of Dunkirk fame then signed on as Boris. He definitely looks the part, so I wasn’t too miffed, but haven’t seen Dunkirk and therefore cannot judge him. However, Sarah Paulson will be a perfect Xandra. I am buzzed to see her take on the role of Theo’s (Elgort) dodgy Las Vegas-based stepmother.
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If you have yet to read The Goldfinch (I envy you, you’ve such a treat in store) then let me give you a brief synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
Still need to be convinced? Stephen King, no less, had this to say about Tartt’s masterpiece, upon its publication in 2013:
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.
I cannot tell you how much I loved this book and am therefore very apprehensive about any attempts to adapt it. However, Sarah Paulson’s involvement puts me at ease because everything she’s in tends to be good and I trust her. Fingers crossed.
As we recently reported, an upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Goldfinchis underway.
The Fault in Our Stars leading man Ansel Elgort has already been cast for the lead and we’ve recently learned that he will be joined by hunky Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard!
Barnard has taken on the role of Boris Pavlikovsky, Theo’s very confident partner-in-crime who plays a vital role in his adventures. Boris’ character brings excitement, spontaneity, and drama to the story’s atmosphere and Barnard will undoubtedly do him justice.
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Barnard is known for his impressive performance as Gibson, the French soldier evading German forces during World War II in Dunkirk (2017). Distributed by Warner Bros. (who is also producing The Goldfinch), the film has received critical acclaim for a variety of its cinematic elements including performances, writing, direction, and cinematography.
With Barnard joining the production, The Goldfinch is looking one step closer to production. Production is expected to be underway next year.