Ansel Elgort is on a roll. First he appeared earlier this year as Caleb, Shailene Woodley’s brother, in Divergent. Then the two of them reunited as teen lovebirds in the hit A Fault in Our Stars. Now Entertainment Weekly is reporting Elgort has been tapped to play piano prodigy Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn in Van Cliburn.
American Van Cliburn made headlines during the Cold War when he won a prestigious international piano competition in Moscow in 1958. No word yet on any other cast members or who will direct Van Cliburn.
It will be interesting to see how Elgort handles being a leading man after his recent successes. I think Elgort may be the type of actor who quickly gains a following that will happily pay to see his next project. Elgort also appeared in Jason Reitman’s next film Men, Women, and Children which should open later this year, and will appear in the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, in 2015.