Very few film adaptations can live up to the promise of the books that they’re adapted from. Based on the first trailer, it looks like The Goldfinch will not have that problem.
If you weren’t ready for the emotional gut-pinch that was Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning 2013 novel, then the trailer will have you reaching for that tissue box.
Starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman, the film follows Theodore “Theo” Decker (Elgort) in the emotional aftermath of the tragedy that changed his life. Following surviving a terrorist bombing which kills his mother, 13-year-old Theo takes a Dutch Golden Age painting called The Goldfinch, which becomes a source of hope in his life.
After being abandoned by his father, he’s taken in by wealthy socialite Mrs. Barbour (Kidman), who, along with antique shop owner Hobie (Jeffrey Wright), helps Theo deal with the aftermath.
Then there is, of course, a descent into a life of art forgery.
Elgort, known for his roles in The Fault In Our Stars and Baby Driver, continues to build his impressive resume. Another high profile project is his role as Tony in Spielberg’s West Side Story remake. Kidman, of course, is set to return in season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies.
The film is directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn) and adapted by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan.
Check out the trailer below.
The Goldfinch will be released on September 13th.