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The Goldfinch: everything we know about Nicole Kidman’s new film

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Nicole Kidman in The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch hits our screens later this year and we have all the information you need.

We love a big epic book, and we love big epic adaptations of those books as well, so we’re thrilled to see The Goldfinch will be hitting our screens soon.

Based on Donna Tartt’s novel of the same name, the film will be released later this year, and we’ve just had a glimpse of what to expect in the first trailer.

Atmospheric music, lots of emotions, and a dramatic scene in a museum are all ahead.

Here is everything you need to know about what is one of the year’s most anticipated films.

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The book was huge — in all senses

Donna Tartt has only authored three novels, but each has been hefty in size and in themes and plot.

The Goldfinch was released in 2014, more than 10 years after her previous novel The Little Friend, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014. Although critical reception was mixed — some reviewers loved it, others not so much — it still sold well.

What’s the story?

The book tells the story of Theo Decker, beginning when he is 13. The son of a devoted mother and absent father, Theo survives an accident in a museum that otherwise tears his life apart. Taken in by the family of a wealthy friend, Theo is tormented into adulthood by longing for his mother. Eventually, he finds himself drawn into the criminal underworld by a captivating painting that connects him to his mother — a painting of a goldfinch.

Watch the trailer for the film

The first trailer introduces us to all the main characters, although the identities of most are kept mysterious for the moment. What we do get is a glimpse into Theo as a child and an adult, a clear shot of the goldfinch painting, and of course, the explosion that changes Theo’s life forever.

The film has a stellar cast

Ansel Elgort plays the older Theo, a brooding but boyish character who is still partially stuck in the past.

We’re really excited about the women in the supporting cast, including Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman as Mrs Barbour, the mother of the schoolfriend who takes Theo in.

Joining Kidman is Sarah Paulson as Xandra, the girlfriend of Theo’s dad Larry (Luke Wilson), who whisks Theo from the life he’s known in New York and over to Las Vegas.

One face who might be a little unfamiliar is Ashleigh Cummings, who plays Pippa, a girl Theo sees briefly in the museum as a child and becomes infatuated with. Cummings’ previous roles include Dot in the TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Also in the film are Jeffrey Wright as Hobie, the owner of the antiques shop where Theo works, and Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things as the young version of Boris, a friend Theo makes in Las Vegas.

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There are plenty of interesting people behind the scenes too

We’re used to seeing the major studios producing big films, but the new streaming guys on the block have been catching up. The Goldfinch sees the old and new guard come together — it’s a project by Warner Bros and Amazon Studios.

The screenplay has been written by Peter Straughan, who has a record of adapting books for the big and small screen. He worked on the TV series of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and the films Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, based on the book by John Le Carre, and The Snowman, based on the book by Jo Nesbo.

The Goldfinch is directed by Irish director John Crowley, who directed the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan.

When can we watch it?

The Goldfinch will be released in the UK on 27 September and the US on 13 September.

Image: Warner Bros/Amazon Studios

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