Ansel Elgort to Join 'November Criminals' with Chloe Grace Moretz
by Ethan Anderton
January 8, 2015
After making quite an impression on audiences in The Fault in Our Stars, and even Men, Women & Children, along with a key supporting role in The Divergent Series, young star Ansel Elgort is keeping the momentum going with a starring role alongside Chloe Grace Moretz in November Criminals. We first heard about the project in 2013 when Hitchock and Anvil: The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi boarded the project based on Sam Munson's novel of the same name, with Locke and Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight adapting the book for the big screen. So what's the novel about anyway? Details below!
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
For a high school senior, Addison Schacht has a lot of preoccupations. Like getting into college. Selling drugs to his classmates. His complicated relationship with his best friend (NOT his girlfriend) Digger. And he's just added another to the list: the murder of his classmate Kevin Broadus, and his own absurd, obsessive plan to investigate the death. When presented with an essay question on his application to the University of Chicago—What are your best and worst qualities?—Addison finds himself provoked into giving his final, unapologetic say about all of the above and more.
So Elgort will play Addison and Moretz seems to have the role of Digger. We're mostly just glad to see Moretz and Elgort not doing another young adult adaptation, since they both seem to have enough of those in their career anyway (don't forget that Moretz stars in The Fifth Wave coming in January of 2016). This sounds like a pretty mature little thriller, and it'll be helped by the presence of Catherine Keener in a supporting role as well. Here's hoping it's a little more focused and satisfying than Gervasi's somewhat underwhelming story about Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho.