The star of “Baby Driver” may have found another leading role. Ansel Elgort (“Insurgent”) has reportedly been offered the lead in the upcoming “Goldfinch” adaptation by Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios. According to Variety, director John Crowley (“Brooklyn”) had been vetting his short list of actors for almost two months before finally offering the role of Theodore Decker to Elgort.
The film is a silver screen adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. “The Goldfinch” follows Theo, a young man who survives a terrorist bombing attack at an art museum, though his mother dies in the carnage. He then goes on a series of adventures that end up thrusting him into the underworld of art forgery. The novel prominently features the real Dutch Golden Age era painting “The Goldfinch,” made by artist Carel Fabritius. Consequentially, that painting became even more famous after Tartt’s novel became a bestseller.
Warner Bros. and RatPac first purchased the film rights to Tartt’s novel in 2014, and RatPac has boarded the project as an investor and producer. Just a few months ago, Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance “The Goldfinch,” with the streaming platform paying more than a third of the film’s $40 million budget. Amazon Prime Video will get the streaming rights in return, launching it online and on premium cable. Warner Bros. will handle worldwide theatrical sales.
Elgort shot to fame in 2014 with his portrayal of Augustus Waters in John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” opposite Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”). He stunned audiences this year with runaway hit “Baby Driver,” and has already secured the role of a young JFK in the upcoming war drama “Mayday 109,” a retelling of Kennedy’s PT boat attack in WWII. Audiences can catch him next in “The Billionaire Boys Club.”
“The Goldfinch” begins production in early 2018.