THE GOLDFINCH—Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Adapted for the Silver Screen

A image looking through a closed door window at Theodore Decker (Ansel Elgort) and Pippa (Ashleigh Cummings) in The Goldfinch (2019)

The movie adaptation of Donna Tartt’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch, comes to Regal September 13. John Crowley directs from a screenplay adapted by Peter Straughan for the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures release.


The official plot from Warner Bros. Pictures:

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 stars as Theodore Decker, the young boy who is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family following the tragic loss of his mother, Audrey Decker (Hailey Wist). Elgort made his feature debut in the 2013 remake of Stephen King’s classic horror tale, Carrie. He then landed a recurring role in The Divergent SeriesDivergent (2014), Insurgent (2015), and Allegiant (2016)—before headlining Edgar Wright’s critically acclaimed heist movie Baby Driver (2017), for which Elgort received a Golden Globe® nomination.

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Theodore Decker (Ansel Elgort) in The Goldfinch (2019)

Oakes Fegley, best known for his starring role in Pete’s Dragon (2016), portrays the young Theo Decker. Finn Wolfhard, of Stranger Things (2016- ) fame, joins Fegley in portraying a younger version of a main character, Boris Pavlikovsky. You can also catch Wolfhard reprising his role as Young Richie Tozier in Warner Bros. Pictures’ sequel, It Chapter Two (2019). Aneurin Barnard portrays the present-day Boris fresh off his role as the mysterious French soldier, Gibson, in Christopher Nolan’s masterwork, Dunkirk (2017).

Academy Award®-winner Nicole Kidman stars as Mrs. Barbour, the woman who takes Theo in following the death of his mother. Other supporting cast members include Sarah Paulson as Xandra, Ashleigh Cummings as Pippa, Luke Wilson as Larry Decker, Jeffrey Wright as Hobie, and Willa Fitzgerald as Kitsey Barbour.


Director John Crowley returns to the silver screen following his Academy Award®-nominated feature Brooklyn (2015), after which he directed two episodes of the television series True Detective (2014- ). Fellow Academy Award® nominee, Peter Straughan, adapted The Goldfinch screenplay from the best-selling novel of the same name. His previous writing credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)—for which he earned his Oscar® nomination—and Our Brand Is Crisis (2015).

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Director John Crowley on set of his 2015 feature, Brooklyn, alongside its star, Saoirse Ronan (Eilis)

Academy Award®-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins lends his photographic skill and eye for beauty to The Goldfinch, his first project since the stunning thriller Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Deakins’ résumé includes some of the most stunning movies of the past few decades, including Academy Award ® Best Picture winners A Beautiful Mind (2001) and No Country for Old Men (2007). You can spot Deakins’ work again later this year when Universal releases Sam Mendes’ war-drama, 1917.


Release Date

Warner Bros. Pictures moved the release up a month from October 11 to September 13 back in March of this year, placing The Goldfinch in prime position for awards season, especially when considering the earlier-than-usual February 9th date of the Academy Awards®. September has proved successful for similar Warner Bros.’ dramas like Sully (2016) and Black Mass (2015).


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