The male lead has been cast for the anticipated adaptation of author John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars. The Descendants star Shailene Woodley previously landed the coveted lead role of Hazel in the film, and after testing a group of actors for the film’s male lead, it appears that the producers have made their decision. The story is told from the point of view of Woodley’s Hazel, a young cancer patient who strikes up a relationship with another cancer-striken teen named Gus in a support group. EW reports that Ansel Elgort has been offered the role, and Green has nothing but praise for the the decision, calling Elgort “whip-smart, uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters.”
The 19-year-old actor makes his big screen debut opposite Chloe Moretz in the remake of Carrie later this year, but he’s already filming a role with Woodley in the YA adaptation Divergent, in which he plays her brother. The Fault in Our Stars starts production this August under director Josh Boone. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Green’s book, which you should totally add to your summer reading list.
Here’s a synopsis for The Fault in Our Stars:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. [Amazon]