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The Goldfinch
Directed by John Crowley
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Screenplay by Peter Straughan
Based on The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
Starring Ansel Elgort
Nicole Kidman
Aneurin Barnard
Willa Fitzgerald
Ashleigh Cummings
Jeffrey Wright
Luke Wilson
Sarah Paulson
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Edited by Kelley Dixon
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures[1]
Release date
  • October 11, 2019 (2019-10-11)[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[3]

The Goldfinch is an upcoming film directed by John Crowley and is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. The film is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2019.[2]

Plot synopsis

As a child, Theodore Decker survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.


  • Ansel Elgort as Theodore "Theo" Decker, Larry's son.
  • Aneurin Barnard as Boris, a cosmopolitan son of a Ukrainian émigré who becomes Theo's close friend.
  • Ashleigh Cummings as Pippa, Theo's true-but-seemingly-unrequited love.
    • Aimee Laurence as Young Pippa
  • Jeffrey Wright as Hobie, Theo's mentor and Pippa’s legal guardian.
  • Luke Wilson as Larry Decker, Theo's deadbeat father, a failed actor turned gambler and alcoholic.
  • Willa Fitzgerald as Kitsey Barbour, Andy and Platt's sister and Theo's fiancé.
  • Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Barbour, the seemingly chilly but kind and wealthy socialite mother of Platt, Kitsey and Andy who takes the orphaned Theo in.
  • Sarah Paulson as Xandra, the girlfriend of Larry Decker.
  • Ryan Foust as Andy Barbour, Platt and Kitsey's younger brother who is a school-friend of Theo.
  • Luke Kleintank as Platt Barbour, Andy and Kitsey's older brother.
    • Jack DiFalco as Young Platt Barbour
  • Denis O'Hare as Lucius Reeve, a dangerous art collector who discovers Theo's secret.
  • Peter Jacobson as Mr. Silver
  • Joey Slotnick as Dave
  • Robert Joy as Welton "Welty" Blackwell, Hobie's partner.



In July 2014, film rights to the novel were sold to Warner Brothers Pictures and RatPac Entertainment with ICM Partners brokering the deal.[4] Two years later, John Crowley was hired to direct the film adaptation.[5]

In August 2017, Warner Bros. finalized a deal with Amazon Studios to co-finance the adaptation, where Amazon would invest in more than a third of the movie’s budget and obtain streaming rights to the picture on its Prime service, while Warner Bros. would distribute the film in theaters worldwide.[3]


In October 2017, after a two month casting search, Ansel Elgort was selected to portray the lead role of Theodore "Theo" Decker, following his breakout turn in Baby Driver.[6] Later that month, impressed by his performance in Dunkirk, Aneurin Barnard was cast as Boris.[7] In November 2017, Sarah Paulson was cast as Xandra.[8] In December 2017, Willa Fitzgerald and Ashleigh Cummings joined the cast.[9][10] In January 2018, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Finn Wolfhard, and Luke Kleintank joined the cast.[11][12][13][14] Later that month, the rest of the cast was announced as principal production commenced.[15]


Principal photography began in New York on January 23, 2018[15][16], before moving to Albuquerque on April 3, 2018 for the rest of production.[17]


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  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (2018-01-10). "Jeffrey Wright to Play Hobie in 'The Goldfinch' Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 
  12. ^ "Luke Wilson Joins Ansel Elgort in 'The Goldfinch' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 
  13. ^ "'Stranger Things' Star Finn Wolfhard Joins Ansel Elgort in 'The Goldfinch' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 January 2018). "Luke Kleintank Joins 'The Goldfinch'". Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  15. ^ a b "Filming is Underway on Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios' Powerful Drama "The Goldfinch"". BusinessWire. January 23, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  16. ^ Torres, Libby (January 26, 2018). "Tartt House Film: The Goldfinch Begins Shooting in the Village". Bedford+Bowery. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 
  17. ^ Grant, Justina (April 2, 2018). "Warner Bros. movie of best-selling book brings production to Albuquerque". Deadline. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 

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