Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The Goldfinch. This is the long-awaited adaptation of Donna Tartt’s highly acclaimed, best-selling novel of the same name, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Now, Warner Bros. has partnered with Amazon Studios to bring it to the big screen with an absolutely stacked cast. Based on this first trailer, it looks like this could instantly be an Oscar favorite coming down the pipeline later this year. Get the tissues ready, because this looks absolutely intense.
The trailer itself is cut beautifully and is loaded down with striking imagery. While seemingly not giving too much away, it manages to be incredibly compelling. We see a lot of Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort, who plays the lead character Theo, as well as Nicole Kidman, who has really been on a roll lately. There are plenty of rattling moments of heartbreak and intense emotion, mixed in with moments full of life and joy. It’s painfully early to say this could be a sweeping favorite during awards season going off of nothing but a trailer, but all of the pieces are certainly in place, or so it would seem. A beloved, award-winning novel serving as the source material, a talented cast, a proven director. Things like this don’t come around every day in Hollywood.
The Goldfinch centers on Theodore “Theo” Decker, as played by Ansel Elgort, who was just 13 when his mother was tragically killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The event shifts the course of his life, sending him on an odyssey filled with grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through all of it, 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.
The core cast also includes Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Sarah Paulson (The Post), Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games). Rounding out the main ensemble are Ashleigh Cummings (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Willa Fitzgerald (Little Women), Aimee Laurence (Chicago P.D.), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), Boyd Gaines (Driving Miss Daisy), Peter Jacobson (Colony), Luke Kleintank (The Man in the High Castle), Robert Joy (CSI: NY) and newcomer Ryan Foust. Peter Straughan penned the screenplay.
We’ve also included a new poster for that movie that was released along with the trailer. Much like the trailer, it’s rather elegant and is a nice change from bad Photoshop jobs John Crowley , who previously helmed the Oscar-nominated Brooklyn, is in the director’s chair. Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Sue Kroll, Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick are on board as executive producers. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are also producing on behalf of Color Force. The Goldfinch has been given a very awards season-friendly release date of October 11. Be sure to check out the trailer from the Roadshow Films YouTube channel below.