Shailene Woodley has been cast as Hazel Grace Lancaster in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, a young adult novel by John Green about a 16-year-old with thyroid cancer. Director, Josh Boone, explained the choice to Entertainment Weekly saying, “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.”
People seem to be either really stoked about this or reallllly not stoked. Mostly because she’s already been cast as a lead in another young adult book adaptation– Beatrice Prior in the Divergent movie. And in addition to both of those, she’s playing Mary Jane in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2.
I haven’t seen Shailene in anything. Wait, actually I was reminded earlier today that she briefly appeared on The O.C. as a child. But other than that I haven’t. So I’ve turned to the comments section of this Entertainment Weekly article to get a taste of how people feel about the choice.
Some were positive:
“Wow so psyched for this to be a movie… this is an Oscar worthy performance if done right.”
“I am 100% behind this choice. She was amazing in The Descendents.”
And some were crazy negative and took the news as a personal attack against their emotions:
“Are you stupid? She is the worst choice. She can’t act and looks nothing like Hazel should. This is not okay.”
“WHY? WHY HER? UGHHHH.”
“She’s not a good actress in anything. She doesn’t deserve to be in a movie based on a book more sacred than the Bible.”
Okay, while those were awesome in a ridiculous sorta way, it’s going to be up to fans of the book to actually see the film and then decide. What I do know without being a Woodley enthusiast is that she’s made quite the jump within the past year from Secret Life of the American Teenager to The Descendents and now three more huge movie roles. The Descendents seems to have really opened up some opportunities. I guess a Golden Globe nomination will do that. I’ve heard, outside of weirdo comments, that Shailene’s actually a good actress, so I say, good for her! Book those roles! If these are the kind of roles she likes and she somehow has enough time for all of them, then she should go for it.
Obviously people think she fits the YA-novel genre. Just maybe don’t follow in all the foot steps of current YA queen, Kristen Stewart. Because we all know how she ended up. Stalked. Alone. Married. Engaged. Brokenhearted. Everything that can happen to someone in the course of a year allegedly happened to K.Stew.
So as long as she avoid that route, we wish her all the best.