Warner Bros. today released the first theatrical poster for John Crowley’s hotly anticipated film “The Goldfinch.”
Starring a dynamite cast that includes Golden Globe nominee Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”), Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”), and Emmy Award winner Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”), this is one of the most the films many Oscar pundits will be keeping their eyes on during the summer.
Elgort, who was rumored to be in the running for “The Batman” that ultimately went to Robert Pattinson, has been climbing the ranks of Hollywood, looking to position himself as a probable future A-lister in the awards sphere. After Crowley’s film, Elgort will team with Steven Spielberg in the remake of “West Side Story” in 2020.
Missing out on an Oscar nomination last year for “Boy Erased,” Kidman will be attacking this year with a vengeance her role as Mrs. Barbour said to be a real standout. Pair this with playing Gretchen Carlson in the still untitled Roger Ailes film from Jay Roach, and returning to “Big Little Lies” from HBO, she’ll be hard to ignore this season.
Paulson, a consistent force in Hollywood, is hoping to make up for snub for Todd Haynes’ “Carol” in 2015, in her role of Xandra. Another person with a big year ahead, she’ll be playing the beloved character of Nurse Mildred Ratched in the series “Ratched,” along with a voice role in the upcoming animated film “Abominable.”
“The Goldfinch” marks the follow-up for director John Crowley coming off his 2015 film “Brooklyn” that nabbed three Oscar nominations including Picture, Lead Actress for Saoirse Ronan, and Adapted Screenplay. The film is adapted by screenwriter Peter Straughan, who was nominated for Adapted Screenplay in 2011 for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” He shared the nomination with his late wife Bridget O’Connor, who passed away in September 2010.
Following his first bout with awards love, Straughan has penned a trio of films that have split the critical realm: “Frank” (2014), “Our Brand Is Crisis” (2015), and “The Snowman” (2017). Perhaps this source material will prove to be a better outing for himself this time around?
Based on the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt, the film tells the story of a boy in New York City, who is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The movie also stars Finn Wolfhard (Netflix’s “Stranger Things”), Luke Wilson (“Meadowland”), and Jeffrey Wright (HBO’s “Westworld”). Providing the technical aspects of the film will be composer Trevor Gureckis, cinematography by Roger Deakins, editing by Kelley Dixon, production design by K.K. Barrett, and costumes by Kasia Walicka-Maimone.
With an early release date in September, the new condensed awards timeline may have studios trying different things this year. With the Academy Awards airing on Feb. 9, 2020, many studios may be moving some of their more significant films up to give some breathing room in the cluttered awards sphere. Watch for the film to make a bow at some of the fall festivals such as Venice or Telluride, uniquely if Warner Bros. is positioning it for Oscar love.