UPDATE: Shailene Woodley is continuing her sudden domination of the young adult market as she's been officially offered the lead role in "The Fault in Our Stars," according to Inside Movies.
"Fault" is based on the novel by John Green that chronicles the tragic love story of Gus and Hazel, two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group. "Their ensuing love story is as real as it is doomed, and the gut-busting laughs that come early in the novel make the luminous final pages all the more heartbreaking," according to the rave review at Entertainment Weekly.
Woodley beat over 250 candidates for the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster, with director Josh Boone claiming that "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."
"The Fault in Our Stars" makes for Woodley's second YA adaptation in less than a year, as she's also tapped to play lead heroine Beatrice Prior in "Divergent," based on Veronica Roth's dystopian sci-fi novel. And let's not forget that she'll be playing a certain redhead in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which is currently in production.
"Fault" will be adapted for the screen by "(500) Days of Summer" scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who also wrote Woodley's recent Sundance and SXSW hit, "The Spectacular Now." That film will hit theaters on Aug. 2.
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Shailene Woodley must give super good audition, because her name is in virtually every interesting hat in Hollywood these days.
Not only is she currently making eyes at Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) as Mary Jane in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," but she's also Chicago-bound this spring to start leaping from the L train, brandishing new tattoos and generally kicking lots-o-rear for Summit Entertainment's newest YA thrill ride "Divergent."
Now, she's one of the ladies being considered to lead up "The Fault in Our Stars," the adaptation of John Green's much-acclaimed tear-jerker YA novel, which has just nabbed its director in Josh Boone of "The Writers."
Per Collider, she's not yet been offered the gig and is still in the running — former Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld is also said to be in the ring for it — but if she were to nab it, the role would be a meaty one for the talented "Descendants" star.
The story centers on Hazel, a sixteen-year-old stricken with terminal cancer who lives most of her life, literally, in a bubble until she meets Augustus, a boy in remission who's got just the right amount of quirk to spark her interest.
John Green himself cautioned on his popular YouTube show yesterday, "Please don't believe everything that you read on the internet because journalists who work in Los Angeles seem to just make things up. Rest assured that when there is news it will not come from like CelebGossip.buzz, it will come from me."
"Twilight" producing tag team Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen told MTV's Hollywood Crush that the movie is expected to commence shooting at the end of the summer.
Originally published on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at 11:02 a.m. ET.