The Goldfinch (film)

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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch (2019 film poster).png
Teaser poster
Directed byJohn Crowley
Produced by
Screenplay byPeter Straughan
Based onThe Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
Music byTrevor Gureckis
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byKelley Dixon
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures[1]
Release date
Running time
149 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$40 million[3]

The Goldfinch is an upcoming American drama film directed by John Crowley and is an adaptation of the 2013 novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. It stars Ansel Elgort as a young man whose troubled childhood leads him to the world of art forgery. The film is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2019. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright in supporting roles.


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


  • Ansel Elgort as Theodore "Theo" Decker, Larry's son.
  • Nicole Kidman as Samantha Barbour, Chance's wife and the seemingly chilly but kind and wealthy socialite mother of Platt, Kitsey and Andy who takes the orphaned Theo in.
  • Aneurin Barnard as Boris Pavlikovsky, a cosmopolitan son of a Ukrainian émigré who becomes Theo's close friend.
  • Sarah Paulson as Xandra, a prostitute and the girlfriend of Larry Decker.
  • Luke Wilson as Larry Decker, Theo's emotionally abusive father, a failed actor turned gambler and alcoholic.
  • Jeffrey Wright as James "Hobie" Hobart, Theo's mentor and Pippa's legal guardian.
  • Ashleigh Cummings as Pippa, Theo's true-but-seemingly-unrequited love.
    • Aimee Laurence as young Pippa
  • Willa Fitzgerald as Kitsey Barbour, Andy and Platt's sister, Theo's fiancé and Chance and Samantha's daughter.
  • Denis O'Hare as Lucius Reeve, a dangerous art collector who discovers Theo's secret.
  • Boyd Gaines as Chance Barbour, Samantha's husband and Kitsey, Andy and Platt's father.
  • Peter Jacobson as Mr. Silver
  • Ryan Foust as Andy Barbour, Chance and Samantha's son and Platt and Kitsey's younger brother who is a school-friend of Theo.
  • Luke Kleintank as Platt Barbour, Andy and Kitsey's older brother and Chance and Samantha's son.
    • Jack DiFalco as young Platt
  • 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 Bros. 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 project's budget and obtain streaming rights to the picture on its Prime service, while Warner Bros. would distribute the film in theaters worldwide.[3]

On October 4, 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] On the same day, cinematographer Roger Deakins revealed to Variety that The Goldfinch is his next project after Blade Runner 2049.[7] Later that month, in light of his recent performance in Dunkirk, Aneurin Barnard was cast as Boris.[8] On November 15, Sarah Paulson was cast as Xandra.[9] By late November, Trevor Gureckis was hired as the film's composer.[10] In December 2017, Willa Fitzgerald and Ashleigh Cummings joined the cast.[11][12] During the same month, Kelley Dixon from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul was enlisted to be the film's editor.[13][better source needed] In January 2018, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Finn Wolfhard, and Luke Kleintank joined the cast.[14][15][16][17] Later that month, the rest of the cast was announced as principal production commenced.[18]

Principal photography began in New York on January 23, 2018,[18][19] before moving to Albuquerque on April 3, 2018 for the rest of production.[20]


Footage from the film was first shown at CinemaCon on April 2, 2019.[21] First official images were released on May 28, 2019,[22] as well as the first official teaser poster of the film.[23] The first official trailer was released on May 29, 2019.[24]


The Goldfinch will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.[25] It is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2019, after previously being set for October 11.[26][27]


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