Though this summer’s Baby Driver demonstrated that Ansel Elgort is more than capable of playing well-meaning criminals, it sounds as if he’ll get a chance to prove that fact again.
According to Variety, Elgort has been offered the role of Theo Decker in the film adaptation of The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt’s novel about a boy who unexpectedly loses his mother in a terrorist attack and ends up temporarily descending into a life of crime. Brooklyn’s John Crowley will direct the film, which reportedly has a budget of a whopping 40 million dollars.
Elgort has clearly been on a roll—apart from enjoying a profile-boost after having starred in the critically acclaimed Baby Driver, Elgort is set to appear in November Criminals with Chloë Grace Moretz as well as Billionaire Boys Club with Kingsman’s Taron Egerton and Baby Driver co-star Kevin Spacey. The Goldfinch seems like a logical next step for Elgort, as Variety reports that he was looking for a “prestige” role with which to follow up Baby Driver. Understandable, seeing that before this year Elgort was primarily known for starring in teen-friendly films like The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent (which we still love, by the way).
His turn as Theo in The Goldfinch is sure to solidify Elgort’s status as a rising Hollywood star, as Tartt’s gripping, emotionally affecting Pultizer Prize winning novel was universally praised when it was published in 2013. Theo is also a character who has a lot to do, is emotionally complex, and will likely have at least one or two screaming and/or crying scenes. In other words, the kind of role Oscar voters tend to eat up.
Though Harry Potter’s Ralph Fiennes is supposedly being considered for the role of Hobie, one of Theo’s mentors and confidants, we still don’t know anything about who’s in the running to play The Goldfinch’s other key characters—including Pippa, Boris, and young, 13-year-old Theo. Production for the film is set to start early next year, however, so we’ll likely get more casting news in the weeks to come.