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'The Goldfinch': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the Ansel Elgort movie

Actors Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson are all set to bring to life Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Goldfinch' in the movie with the same name

With the release of an emotional, touching trailer, actors Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson are all set to bring to life Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'The Goldfinch'. The trailer of the film, which released on Wednesday, May 29, is a first from the upcoming film written by John Crowley. 

The book was written by Donna Tartt and published in 2013. It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and also bagged the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The book was also shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. 'The Goldfinch' was Tartt's first novel since 'The Little Friend' in 2002. Here's everything you need to know about the film:

Release date

The movie is set to release on September 13, 2019. 


As a child, Theodore "Theo" Decker is seen visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his mother to see her favorite painting by Carel Faritius — Rembrandt's most promising pupil — The Goldfinch. He survives a terrorist bombing at the museum, which unfortunately kills his mother. From there, stumbling through the debris, he takes with him the very small Dutch Golden Age painting and The Goldfinch becomes a singular source of hope for him as he descends into a world of crime.

Here is the official synopsis of the film: "Theodore "Theo" Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day... a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch."


Ansel Elgort as Theodore "Theo" Decker

Ansel Elgort attends NRDC’s 'Night of Comedy' Benefit, in partnership with Discovery, Inc. hosted by Seth Meyers on April 30, 2019, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Elgort is best known for his role in 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 'The Divergent Series' franchise. He also played the title character in Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' — a role for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy.

Nicole Kidman as Samantha Barbour

Nicole Kidman attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Kidman plays the role of Samantha Barbour, a seemingly cold but kind and wealthy socialite who takes the orphaned Theo in. The Australian actress requires no introduction. She is best known for her roles in 'Moulin Rouge!', 'The Hours', 'Paddington', 'Destroyer' and 'The Paperboy'. She returned to television with 'Big Little Lies' in 2017 by co-producing and starring in the HBO series. She also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Limited Series.

Ashleigh Cummings as Pippa

Ashleigh Cummings attends SXSW 2019 'Nos4a2' Screening and Panel on March 11, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Getty Images)

The Australian actress plays the role of Pippa, someone Theo catches a glimpse of at the art museum and falls in love with immediately. Cummings is best known for her role of Dorothy Williams in 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries'. She plays the protagonist Vic McQueen in the AMC supernatural horror drama 'NOS4A2'.


Directed by John Crowley

Director John Crowley, wearing Burberry, as Burberry and Fox Searchlight Pictures honors the cast and filmmakers of 'Brooklyn' at Burberry on January 5, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Crowley is best known for the movies 'Brooklyn' and 'Intermission', for which he won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Director.



In the trailer of the adaptation of Donna Tartt's 2013 best-selling novel, we see Ansel Elgort starring as Theo Decker, whose life is changed forever following the death of his mother in a terrorist bombing. The two had gone to gaze upon the painting by Dutch master Carel Fabritius, who had also died in a gunpowder explosion in Delft in 1654. The artist's surviving works are prized highly. In the chaos following the bombing, Theo steals the Fabritius painting as a way of holding on to his mother. "In Amsterdam, I dreamt I saw my mother again. Same beautiful, pale blue eyes. When I lost her, I lost sight of any landmark that might've led me someplace happier," he says in the trailer.

Where to watch

'The Goldfinch' is set to hit theatres on September 13, 2019.

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