Shailene Woodley has been offered the lead role of Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars adaptation for Fox 2000 and director Josh Boone (Stuck in Love). Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a statement, commenting on their massive search for the main character.
"During our exhaustive search to find Hazel Grace Lancaster, I saw some stunning auditions by today's finest young actresses. Over 250 girls read for the part, but it wasn't until Shailene stepped in front of the camera that I truly saw Hazel for the first time. It was like lightning striking. I can't wait for the rest of the world to see what I have."
The story revolves around Shailene Woodley's Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenage girl stricken with cancer who falls for a boy in her support group. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer) wrote the screenplay adaptation based on John Green's novel, that landed on the Black List last year. Here's what author John Green had to say in a statement.
"I am absolutely thrilled that Shailene will be playing Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars. It means a lot to me that she is a fan of the book, and I know from our conversations that she has a profound understanding of Hazel. Watching her audition, I felt like Hazel Grace Lancaster was talking to me. It was eerie-and very exciting."
Wyck Godfrey is producing for Temple Hill Entertainment, although it isn't known when shooting will get under way. Here's what the producer had to say in his own statement.
"When choosing the writers, director and now our first actor for Fault, we've gone with the people that have had the strongest, most emotional and insightful connection to the material. Shailene's love of the book and dedication to the character was evident in not only her pursuit of the role but her delivery of the essence of Hazel in her audition. I have no doubt that she will deliver a Hazel that will floor both fans of the book and those who have yet to be introduced to the transcendent story of The Fault in Our Stars."
Shailene Woodley will next be seen in The Spectacular Now, set for release later this year. She is currently shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, portraying Mary Jane Watson, and she will soon move on to the young adult fantasy adaptation Divergent as Beatrice Prior.