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Donna Tartt‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch has been adapted into a feature film, starring Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), reports Deadline Hollywood. 

The story is told retrospectively by Elgort’s character Theo Decker, looking back on his life at 13-years-old (Oakes Fegley). At that time, he and his mother were visiting NYC’s The Metropolitan Museum of art when there was a terrorist bombing, killing his mother. In the chaos of it all, Theo grabs a valuable painting, one of his mother’s favorites, The Goldfinch.

The painting acts as a catalyst, causing guilt and distress for young Theo. Keeping the painting hidden away, he moves on with his life as best as he can. A friend’s family takes him in, but all the while Theo is consumed by the grief of losing his mother.

The story goes back and forth in time, eventually progressing to Theo as a young man.

Nicole Kidman plays his friend’s mother who steps in to care for Theo. Luke Wilson portrays his absentee father, who steps in to create more problems for his son. Ashleigh Cummings takes on the role of Pippa, Theo’s love interest.

The Goldfinch will hit theaters on September 13.

Do you think Theo should keep the painting or give it back??

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By Brigid Brown