Kidman and 'Stranger Things' actor to star in The Goldfinch adaptation

Kidman and 'Stranger Things' actor to star in The Goldfinch adaptation

Nicole Kidman has joined the Warner Bros and Amazon Studios' film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. 

The actress will star alongside other high profile cast members including Finn Wolfhard of “Stranger Things” and “Baby Driver” actor Ansel Elgort.

John Crowley, of “Brooklyn”, is directing the drama, which stars Elgort as Theo, a young man who loses his mother in an explosion and is be drawn into New York City’s art underworld. Wolfhard will play ‘Young Boris’, a Ukrainian student and troublemaker who bonds with Theo due to their both having lost their mothers and who introduces him to drugs and alcohol. Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald, Denis O’Hare, Peter Jacobson and Jeffrey Wright also have roles in the film which is due to shoot this summer.

Roger Deakins, of "Blade Runner 2049" and "Skyfall" will act as cinematographer.

According to Variety, Amazon agreed to invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be worth around $40 million (£28m). In return, it will get streaming rights to the picture on its Prime service as well as the film being distributed in cinemas by Warner Bros. The production company reportedly acquired the rights in 2014.

The Goldfinch, which has sold 485,120 copies in the UK, according to Nielsen BookScan, was published by Little, Brown in 2015. The publisher ran an “intensive” social media promotion while it was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4's “Book at Bedtime”. 

Tartt’s previous novels, 1992’s The Secret History and 2002’s The Little Friend were published by Penguin and Bloomsbury.