Entertainment Weekly reports that Ansel Elgort was offered to play Augustus, the swoony male lead, in the adaptation of John Green’s well-loved novel, The Fault in Out Stars. Elgort can be seen in the Carrie remake this Fall and is currently filming Divergent with other TFIOS lead Shailene Woodley. He plays Caleb in Divergent, Woodley’s character’s brother. (Kind of weird, right?)
It’s very likely that Elgort will accept the job since he’s relatively new and this could be a breakout role for him. I can’t comment on Elgort’s talent, since I haven’t seen him in anything. Off the bat, I do think he’s an uninspired choice for the role, which isn’t the worst thing since I also feel the same about Shailene playing Hazel Grace.
Read what director Josh Boone says about casting Elgort:
“Ansel Elgort is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus. His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus.”
Unsurprisingly, author John Green is just as happy with Ansel saying to EW:
“Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters. I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.”
Producer Wyck Godfrey (he also produced films like Dear John and Twilight) adds in his two cents on casting Gus:
”We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus. His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in Divergent with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of Fault will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once.”
Okay, that’s nice and all that the people behind the film love this news. But you know what really matters? The fans and nerdfighters out there. TFIOS fans, what do you honestly think? Am I being too negative? Should I be excited? Sound off in the comments.