Shailene Woodley Set to Play Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars Movie
Shailene Woodley is set to star in the lead role of Hazel Grace Lancaster in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, a best-selling young adult novel about two teenagers whose love story begins in a cancer support group.
“During our exhaustive search to find Hazel Grace Lancaster, I saw some stunning auditions by today’s finest young actresses,” director Josh Boone told EW. “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.”
Wyck Godfrey, whose previous work as a producer includes the Twilight movies, said, “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.”
In the story, Hazel is a 16-year-old thyroid cancer patient who falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus “Gus” Waters, a former basketball player who lost his leg to bone cancer. Woodley has a busy upcoming schedule, having already been cast in another big young adult adaptation (Divergent) and playing Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.