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Ansel Elgort to Play Virtuoso Pianist Van Cliburn

The Fault in our Stars actor has signed on to play the celebrated 1950s ivory-tickler in an upcoming film about the musician’s life

Ansel Elgort, the star of 2014’s The Fault In Our Stars, tweeted out a teaser for his latest movie role Tuesday.

The 20-year-old is set to take on the role of piano virtuoso Van Cliburn in the biopic based on the 1993 novel by Howard Reich, which tells the story of Cliburn’s formative years and his success, aged 23, at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.

Cliburn’s performance in the competition is said to have impressed Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and led to an easing of tensions at the time between the United States and the USSR.

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