Ansel Elgort to Star in ‘The Great High School Imposter’

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“The Great High School Imposter” has gotten a commitment to star from Ansel Elgort.
The actor is attached to the project, Deadline reports. It is based on the GQ article “The Great High School Imposter” by Daniel Riley about the adoption of a Ukranian teen named Artur Samarin. Mike Makowsky (“Bad Education”) is adapting the story.
The tale is an interesting one. Samarin came to the United States from Ukraine on a work-exchange program in his late teens, and while there, he became friends with an American couple. As he got closer to having to return home, they found a way he could stay: by lying about his age and being adopted. Samarin pulled it off for several years, but his relationship with his adoptive parents went south, and after he ran away, they went to the police and claimed he was a terrorist. He did ultimately serve time in jail, but it was for a relationship he’d had with a teen while still pretending to be one himself as well as passport and Social Security fraud.
Elgort has kept busy in recent years. His work includes starring roles in “Billionaire Boys Club,” “Jonathan,” “November Criminals,” “Baby Driver,” and more. He also stars in the upcoming “Goldfinch” and a “West Side Story” remake.
The film comes from Participant Media and Condé Nast Entertainment, with Robert Kessel and Jonathan King producing for the former and Jeremy Steckler for the latter. Makowsky and Elgort will executive produce alongside Emily Gerson Saines.
[via: Deadline]

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