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Shailene Woodley Confirmed for ‘Spectacular Now’ Reteam with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Written by on March 19, 2013 

A couple of signs pointed toward it, so this is all merely a case of reaching the nigh inevitable: as reported by EW, Shailene Woodley (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Descendants) is being handed the starring role of director Josh Boone‘s The Fault in Our Stars. This is all sort of agreeable from our perspective, but, if you look at quotes the outlet have been provided, these people are very happy about their choice.

Remarking that her audition was “like lightning striking,” Boone had his sentiments echoed by the original novel’s author, John Green, who used buzz words such as “absolutely thrilled.” (In other words, Woodley has the confidence of the right people.) Lucky for her, too, is a development on the screenwriting side of things: also learned by EW is the involvement of scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, the (500) Days of Summer pair who also penned her acclaimed Sundance feature, The Spectacular Now.

But the plot stays the same, regardless of who fills those blanks, and Stars sees Woodley play Hazel, “a terminally ill 16-year-old with thyroid cancer who joins a support group for cancer patients, where she meets a handsome teen, and the two help one other grapple with their respective illnesses.” Given the wealth of talent she’s displayed previously, is there much doubt that a good performance will emerge from the greater whole?

As an entire movie, though, we have some some reason to be doubtful, since, today, a trailer for Boone‘s feature debut, Stuck in Love (formerly Writers) debuted — and what’s here does not get the old juices flowing, I’m afraid. A solid cast — Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman, and Lily Collins — are what we can depend upon, if that is enough to depend upon at all.

Watch it below:

Is Woodley a good pick for Stars? What’s your impression from the Stuck in Love trailer, and how does it boon for the project at hand?

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