Warner Bros. and Amazon have partnered for a film based on Donna Tartt's novel

By Joey Nolfi
October 04, 2017 at 01:41 PM EDT
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The baby driver himself might soon be swerving into another Hollywood hit.

Ansel Elgort is in negotiations to play the lead role of Theodore Decker in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studio’s upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s 2014 novel The Goldfinch, EW has confirmed. The Tracking Board‘s Jeff Sneider was first to report the news.

Tartt’s book, which previously won the Pulitzer Prize, follows a young man who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum, though his mother does not. His life then takes a series of unexpected turns, including living with his deadbeat father in Las Vegas before engaging in various art forgeries.

The film, rights to which were acquired by Warner Bros. and RatPac three years ago, will reportedly have a budget in the $40 million range, with Brooklyn helmer John Crowley set to direct.

Additionally, Ralph Fiennes has reportedly been eyed for the role of Hobie, a friend of Theo’s who hawks antiques.

Further details on The Goldfinch have yet to be released.

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