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Ansel Elgort to play pianist Van Cliburn

Ansel Elgort to play pianist Van Cliburn
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Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”) will play pianist Van Cliburn in a feature adaptation of the Howard Reich book of the same name.

The Andrew Stern written film reunites Elgort with some of the producing brass of current hit “Stars”.

Says Deadline, “Elgort will play the pianist in his formative years when, at age 23 in 1958, he emerged from out of nowhere to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. It was the first time the tournament was held, and was organized by the USSR after it had caught up to the U.S. in the nuclear arms race and completed the first successful space launch with Sputnik. Nikita Khrushchev saw the competition as a way to lord Soviet superiority at a time when tensions between the two superpowers were sky high. The lanky pianist from Texas who graduated Juilliard but was taught by his neighborhood piano teacher mother, had a very unorthodox instinctive style that bowled won over the Russian judges and the proletariat crowd that followed every note of the competition. Although some tried to marginalize him so they could knock him from the competition, Cliburn made it to the finals. Judges, fearing exile to Siberia, brought in Khrushchev as they deliberated. The Soviet premier asked them if he was the best, and told them to give him the prize when they answered yes. This was credited with bridging the Cold War gap. Cliburn became a favorite among Russian audiences, and he played for U.S. presidents as well, until he abruptly stopped publicly performing in 1978. The one-time prodigy died last year of bone cancer at 78.”

Elgort’s star rose earlier this year thanks to turns in “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars”.

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