John Green Defends THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Leads

The fault in our starsOn Saturday, news emerged that Ansel Elgort had been cast to play Gus, the love interest of Shailene Woodley’s Hazel in the upcoming adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, (Penguin/Dutton). Within hours, Green posted a spirited defense of the choice on his Tumblr page.

Green noted, “There seems to be some concern that Ansel and Shailene are playing siblings in a different movie [they are currently filming Divergent, based on the book by Veronica Rothin Chicago]. I guess I can understand that, but they’re actors … I mean, no one watched Silver Linings Playbook and thought, ‘When did Katniss move to the suburbs of Philadelphia?’”

A reminder: there was considerable consternation when it was announced that blonde Jennifer Lawrence would star as the dark-haired, olive-skinned Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, causing Suzanne Collins to issue a statement in support of the choice. Now it’s hard to imagine anyone else in that role.

Production on The Fault In Our Stars is set to begin in August.

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