Shailene Woodley (The Descendants and The Secret Life of the American Teenager) will star in the film adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel, The Fault In Our Stars, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Woodley will play Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient who falls in love with a boy in her support group.
The director of the film, Josh Boone, spoke to EW and and had the following to say about casting Woodley in the lead role of The Fault In Our Stars:
“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.”
Woodley is currently filming her role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in which she’s playing Mary Jane Watson.