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Ansel Elgort Will Play Pianist Van Cliburn

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Ansel Elgort attends the "After Earth" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on May 29, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

According to Deadline, The Fault in Our Stars' resident manic pixie dream boy Ansel Elgort will play the title role in Van Cliburn, a biopic about the American classical pianist whose surprise victory at Moscow's Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1958 was credited with defusing Cold War tensions. It may not be another John Green adaptation, but the role isn't a total departure from teen heartthrob status: Elgort will portray Cliburn during his formative years, particularly during his victory in Moscow at the age of 23, and Fault producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are set to co-produce. Now that's how you get teenage girls to care about classical music.

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