Fans of Donna Tartt’s award-winning novel The Goldfinch will be excited to learn that there is an upcoming movie adaptation in the works, and it has finally begun filming in New York City’s Greenwich Village. For those who haven’t yet read the Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo, a boy who loses his mother in an art museum bombing and then steals a painting and finds his life unfolding in wild and unexpected ways. Here’s what we know about The Goldfinch movie, from casting news to its highly-anticipated release date!
Amazon is co-financing the project.
Warner Bros. and RatPac Entertainment originally bought the rights to the novel in 2014, but it wasn’t until 2017 that Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance the film. The company is providing over one-third of the estimated $40 million budget. In exchange for contributing to the project, Amazon will have rights to stream the film on its Prime service.
Actor Ansel Elgort will play the lead.
The adaptation has a star-studded cast.
In addition to Elgort, the cast features both well-known and up-and-coming stars. Nicole Kidman has been cast as Mrs. Barbour, the wealthy mother of a classmate whom Theo lives with after he is orphaned. Luke Wilson will play Theo’s father, Larry, and Sarah Paulson has been tapped to play Larry’s girlfriend, Xandra. Stranger Things‘s Finn Wolfhard has also been cast as young Boris, a Ukrainian who bonds with Theo, while Aneurin Barnard of Dunkirk will play Boris as an adult.
Other cast members include Oakes Fegley from Pete’s Dragon as a young Theo; Willa Fitzgerald as Theo’s fiancée, Kitsey Barbour; Jeffrey Wright from Westworld as Hobie; Ashleigh Cummings as Theo’s love interest Pippa; and Luke Kleintank from Amazon’s Man in the High Castle as Platt Barbour.
The movie’s director and writer have impressive resumes.
Irish director John Crowley was chosen back in 2016 to direct The Goldfinch adaptation. Crowley is best known for directing the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Brooklyn, as well as other films such as Boy A, Intermission, and Closed Circuit.
Peter Straughan wrote the screenplay for The Goldfinch adaptation. He also adapted the script for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, for which he received an Academy Award nomination — as well as episodes in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall TV adaptation.
The Goldfinch movie is expected to hit theaters in 2019.
According to Deadline, The Goldfinch movie is slated to hit theaters on October 11, 2019. If you’re like us, you can’t wait to see this incredible story come to life on the screen!
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