As with every book adaptation, people will already have their opinions on the cast before they’ve seen a single frame of footage. As the production of the upcoming film is in full swing, confirmed cast members give a better understanding of what to expect from one of the biggest book-to-film adaptations in years.
Ansel Elgort, Theodore Decker
Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver
The plot focuses on Theodore Decker, a young boy who loses his mother to a bombing at an art museum. As Theodore grows up without her, he ends up falling into a life of crime. The story takes its name from a painting that Theodore salvages from the wreckage. The Goldfinch was one of the last surviving works of Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt’s famous pupil who died in the Delft explosion of 1654.
Judging by his performance in Baby Driver, Elgort is no stranger to the criminal underworld – while his heartbreaking performance in The Fault in Our Stars proves he should have no trouble conveying Theodore’s grief. This, coupled with his casting in Steven Spielberg's upcoming remake of West Side Story, could propel Elgort from a rising star into a household name.
Nicole Kidman, Mrs. Barbour
Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
Following the explosion, Theodore moves in with his school
friend Andy Barbour. His mother, Mrs. Barbour, will be played by Nicole
Kidman. The character is described as a wealthy and elegant woman, if somewhat severe. As one of the most popular actresses in the world right now, Kidman seems well placed
to encapsulate the character’s privilege.
However, Mrs. Barbour softens as the
story progresses, putting the versatility Kidman has shown across her
career to good use. Mrs. Barbour has a small but significant part to play in the story, and Kidman is undoubtedly capable of making a big impression in a small amount of screen time.
Luke Wilson, Larry Decker
Luke Wilson will soon have a chance to show off greater dramatic chops
Theodore soon finds himself whisked away from the comfort of the Barbour home to go and live with his father Larry in Las Vegas. Luke Wilson, brother of Owen, will play the role, which should give him an opportunity to show off more of his range. While Wilson is best known for his comedic performances in films including Legally Blonde and The Royal Tenenbaums, his character here proves to be a disruptive influence on the young Theodore.
Sarah Paulson, Xandra
Sarah Paulson in Glass
Living with Larry in Las Vegas is his girlfriend Xandra, who will be played by Sarah Paulson. Back on the big screen with Glass in January, Paulson has earned deserved acclaim for her TV performances in American Horror Story and American Crime Story. Her experience on American Horror Story in particular should prove useful to prepare for the role of Theodore's 'evil' stepmother.
The official trailer for the upcoming film has just been released, underscored by Perfume Genius' chilling ballad 'The Other Side'. As more details come into focus, anticipation is only growing greater for one of the biggest films of the year. Watch the trailer now:
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