The Goldfinch follows Theodore “Theo” Decker’s incredible story. He was just 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The tragedy changes the trajectory of young Theo’s life, sending him on a journey of grief, guilt, reinvention, and redemption. Throughout this journey, he holds onto one tangible piece of hope from that day — a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort stars as the older Theo.
The trailer proves he was meant for this role. The young and talented actor is captivating as Theo goes on an extraordinary odyssey to find himself and find answers. “In Amsterdam, I dreamt I saw my mother again… same beautiful, pale blue eyes,” Ansel says in the voiceover in the trailer. “When I lost her, I lost sight of any landmark that might’ve led me someplace happier.”
The Goldfinch is the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 novel. The film also stars Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Barbour, Oakes Fegley as Young Theo, Aneurin Barnard as Boris, Finn Wolfhard as Young Boris, with Sarah Paulson as Xandra, Jeffrey Wright as Hobie, and Luke Wilson as Larry.
From the looks of the trailer, The Goldfinch is already a major Oscar contender. The role of Theo might earn Ansel his first Oscar nomination. The coming of age film will be released Sept. 13, 2019.