Don’t know who Ansel Elgort is? Understandable. He’s only been in three films (including the just released The Fault in Our Stars), but I’m guessing soon Elgort might be a household name. What has he done so far? What are his plans for the future? Let’s take a look.
Elgort made his film debut as Carrie’s prom date in the 2013 remake of the horror classic Carrie. He got the role after a successful Off-Broadway debut in the play Regrets. Luckily for Elgort, his high school life in New York City was much less traumatic than what he and his characters experienced in the film Carrie. Elgort told Interview magazine:
“My high school experience was very different,” he says. “LaGuardia High School is a place of acceptance. You have every type of kid there, performing. The outcast girl would not have been made fun of in my high school.”
After Carrie Elgort dove right in to the Divergent trilogy playing Caleb, the brother of Shailene Woodley’s Tris. Divergent opened in March earlier this year to lackluster reviews but has made almost $150,00,000 at the box office. While Elgort is not one of the leads in the film, he plays a very important supporting character in the trilogy. I’m sure the makers of the films would be thrilled if Elgort’s name recognition rose dramatically before the second film of the series, Insurgent, debuts in March 2015.
With his star turn in The Fault in Our Stars, which is opening to great buzz from critics and audiences alike, Elgort might have found his breakthrough role. Elgort once again is sharing screen time with Shailene Woodley, but this time they are falling in love despite meeting in a cancer support group. To say that you may shed a tear or two in this film I believe may be a massive understatement. From the early reviews I have read, Woodley and Elgort are both being highly praised for turning what could have been a Lifetime after-school special into a touching teen love story.
Elgort can next be seen in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, and Children, which doesn’t have a release date but is expected to open later this fall. Elgort joins an impressive ensemble cast in the film that’s described by IMDB as “A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world.” Joining Elgort in the cast are Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Garner, Kaitlyn Dever, and Timothée Chalamet.
All that and the man can tap dance and be quite charming on The Tonight Show. I don’t think we’ve heard the last from Ansel Elgort.