It’s official — Shailene Woodley is the hardest working woman in showbiz. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that The Secret Life of the American Teenager actress has been offered the lead role in the upcoming film adaptation of the popular book, The Fault in Our Stars.
Josh Boone, the film’s director, told EW, “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.” Another actress who was in the running for the part included Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld.
In case you haven’t heard of it, The Fault in Our Stars was written by John Green and centers on a 16-year-old cancer patient who falls for a boy in her support group as they both deal with their illness. Production is set to begin some time this summer. The author also chimed in on Shailene’s casting and said, “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.”
This is just one of many projects Shailene has going on at the moment. Not only did she star in the hit indie film The Spectacular Now that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, but she’s currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man sequel in NYC where she’ll star as Mary Jane Watson. Oh, and let’s not forget about Divergent, that other little film she’s doing. Filming for Divergent begins in Chicago next month.
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