With “American Horror Story” wrapping up another season, Sarah Paulson is looking to build on a busy schedule, as she is in negotiations to join Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Goldfinch,” sources tell Variety.
Ansel Elgort will play Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard will play Boris with John Crowley directing.
Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning book, “The Goldfinch” tells the story of a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.
Paulson will play Xandra, the girlfriend of Theo’s father.
Earlier this year, Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance the film, which will go into production at the start of 2018. As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according to insiders. In return, it will get streaming rights to the picture on its Prime service. It will also launch the picture on home entertainment platforms in what is commonly referred to as the pay-TV window, the term for when movies debut on premium cable channels such as HBO and Showtime.
Warner Bros. will distribute the film in theaters worldwide.
While Paulson has broken out as a leading lady on the small screen with her critically acclaimed work on FX’s “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” her list of upcoming film projects is also building. She can be seen next as Ben Bradlee’s wife in Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” opposite Tom Hanks; M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass,” which is the sequel to “Split”; as well as the “Ocean’s Eleven” spinoff “Ocean’s Eight” starring Sandra Bullock.
She also recently signed on to the Netflix pic “Bird Box,” which also stars Bullock and will continue to stay busy on television with her new Netflix series “Ratched,” where she plays the iconic Nurse Ratched.