A trailer has been released for Gia Coppola‘s high school drama Palo Alto. Based on a book of short stories by James Franco (who co-stars in the film), the film features interconnected narratives involving a soccer player (Emma Roberts) getting involved with her coach (Franco), a precarious friendship between two young men (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff), and a young woman (Zoe Levin) who bases her self-esteem on having sex. This trailer doesn’t do anything for me, but that’s because I’m not really hooked by the subject matter. That doesn’t mean I think the film will be bad. It’s just not something that piques my interest at this point. If you are fan of these kinds of movies, then you should probably put it on your radar.
Hit the jump to check out the Palo Alto trailer. The film also stars Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val Kilmer. Palo Alto opens in limited release on May 9th.
Fox 2000 will release director Josh Boone’s adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault in Our Stars this June, but the studio is already putting together an adaptation of another John Green book with much of the same team from Fault. Deadline reports that the studio has optioned Green’s 2008 novel Paper Towns, which will be developed as a star vehicle for Fault in Our Stars co-star Nat Wolff (Admission), with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber returning as screenwriters and Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen back to produce. The story follows a young man who wakes up one night to find his neighbor Margo dressed as a ninja, asking him to help her get revenge on the people who have hurt her. She disappears the next day, but the man subsequently begins to receive clues from her that he must follow.
Buzz is high for Fault and Neustadter and Weber are on a roll as of late, following up (500) Days of Summer with last year’s swell The Spectacular Now. A director for Paper Towns has yet to be set, but the project will be built around Wolff. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Green’s novel.
Actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort can currently be seen in theaters playing brother and sister in the futuristic thriller Divergent, but this summer the two play love interests in the highly anticipated adaptation The Fault in Our Stars. Based on the swell John Green novel of the same name, the story revolves around two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. Today, 20th Century Fox has released a new featurette and a few new images from the pic, giving fans a brief behind-the-scenes look at director Josh Boone’s adaptation. The character-centric story is a refreshing reprieve from the glut of genre-tinged studio fare, and as a fan of the book, I don’t see how Woodley doesn’t knock this role out of the park. The first trailer, at least, is incredibly promising.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette and images. The film also stars Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, and Willem Dafoe. The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th.
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for The Fault in Our Stars. Josh Boone (Stuck in Love) directed the adaptation of the John Green novel about the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love. As a big fan of the book I’ve been looking forward to this movie for some time, and I’m incredibly encouraged by this trailer. I can easily see Woodley knocking this role out of the park, and her chemistry with Elgort seems spot on as the central romantic duo. Green’s novel is not a sappy, saccharine portrait of “cancer love”; it’s a realistic and sharp portrayal of a relationship between two young adults with a unique outlook on life. Judging by this first trailer, the movie absolutely nails that tone.
Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey also star. The Fault in Our Stars opens June 6th. Watch the trailer after the break. [Update: We've also added a handful of first-look images from the film after the jump.]
The first trailer for Palo Alto has been released online. Based on a collection of short stories written by James Franco, the film revolves around the lives of a group of people in the titular California city, including a soccer coach (Franco), a teenage babysitter (Emma Roberts), and a pair of troubled kids (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff). Written and directed by Gia Coppola, the film certainly looks peculiar. Franco’s character strikes up a relationship with the younger Roberts, but it appears that she may also be involved with Jack Kilmer’s character. It’s tough to suss out much from this brief trailer, but the appearance of Val Kilmer (yes, Jack is his son) is a highlight.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Keegan Allen, Don Novello, and Talia Shire. Palo Alto will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend.
We’ve got a number of new castings to report on today. Briefly:
- Laura Dern (Enlightened) and Nat Wolff (Admission) have joined Shailene Woodley in the cast of director Josh Boone’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.
- Dave Franco will star opposite Vince Vaughn in the comedy Business Trip.
- Imogen Poots (Fright Night) has replaced Brie Larson (21 Jump Street) in an untitled showbiz comedy produced by Wes Anderson, previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.
As development continues on the feature film adaptation of author John Green’s incredibly well-received 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, the producers are now turning to filling the crucial role of the film’s male lead. The Descendants star Shailene Woodley has already been cast as the protagonist and female lead Hazel, a cancer-stricken teen who strikes up a charming and heartbreaking relationship with the dashing Augustus Waters, whom she meets in a cancer support group. A number of actresses fought hard for the Hazel part, and a similar competition has apparently developed over the role of “Gus” as a new report claims that five young actors will be testing for the role this weekend. Hit the jump for more.
Paul Weitz is a director I have come to dread. About a Boy was a long time ago, and in the interim he has done some truly abysmal films such as Cirque du Freak, American Dreamz, and Being Flynn (I didn’t even bother with Little Fockers). But after a 12-year-drought, Weitz has delivered a film that’s almost as funny and sweet as About a Boy. His new movie, Admission, is a playful, nice little story where leads Tina Fey and Paul Rudd have the room to exercise their comic and dramatic abilities, and do so with a charming screenplay from Karen Croner. Even though it heads towards safe places, Admission never feels gratingly familiar.
The first trailer has been released for director Josh Boone’s comedy/drama Stuck in Love. Formerly titled Writers, the film stars Greg Kinnear as a famous novelist obsessed with his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) even though he’s sleeping with his friend Tricia (Kristen Belly), who’s trying to help him get over his ex. The story also follows Kinnear’s daughter (Lily Collins), who is being pursued by a fellow writing student (Logan Lerman) despite her promiscuity. It’s tough to hone in on which story is the primary one in this trailer, but there’s a strong Crazy, Stupid, Love. vibe and the impressive ensemble cast is certainly promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the poster. The film also stars Nat Wolff and Spencer Breslin. Stuck in Love opens on June 14th.
Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us—the college admissions process. At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college. Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher. The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother.
At the press day for the film, Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) spoke to a small group of reporters about the film and the experience of making it. He talked about working with Fey and Rudd, his “ghetto” audition tape, and preparing for the role. He also gave the scoop on the other projects he’s worked on in the past year, which include Behaving Badly with Selena Gomez, and Palo Alto with James Franco, based on Franco’s short stories and in which Wolff says he plays a version of a young Franco. Wolff also told us of a childhood acting lesson with his idol Dustin Hoffman and the advice the film vet gave to the aspiring actor. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Focus Features has released a large batch of new high-resolution images from the upcoming comedy-drama Admission. Directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), the film stars Tina Fey as an admissions officer at Princeton University whose life is thrown for a curve when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) while visiting an experimental New Hampshire high school. The simple idea of Fey and Rudd together sounds like a pitch-perfect comedic pairing, and the trailers hint at some strong dramatic material as well. Hopefully the full film delivers on both fronts.
Hit the jump to check out the new images. The film also stars Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, and Gloria Reuben. Admission opens on March 8th.
Check out the latest casting developments at a glance below:
- Bradley Cooper (Limitless) is in talks to star opposite Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) in writer/director Cameron Crowe’s untitled adventure rom-com.
- Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) joins the cast of Madame Bovary, directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a script by Rose Barreneche who adapted the original Gustave Flaubert story.
- Up-and-comer Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) will join the dark indie pic Palo Alto, written and directed by Gia Coppola and based off of a series of short stories by James Franco.
Hit the jump for much more on each project.
Kristen Bell, Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato have joined Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly in Josh Boone‘s comedy-drama Writers. Deadline reports that “the film follows the members of the Borgens family and their love interests over the course of one tumultuous year.” Kinnear plays Bill Borgens, a famous novelist obsessed with ex-wife (Connelly) even though he’s sleeping with his friend Tricia (Bell), who’s trying to help him get over his ex. Collins plays Bill’s daughter Samatha, who is being pursued by a fellow writing student (Lerman), and Samantha’s teenage brother (Wolff) is experiencing his first love with Kate (Liberato). This is how they all became The Borgens Bunch.
Shooting will begin next week in North Carolina. Boone wrote the script and will make his feature directing debut on the film.