With Theo James landing the male lead in Summit’s “Divergent,” the next big role for young men is the one opposite Shailene Woodley in Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars.”
Brenton Thwaites, Nat Wolff, Nick Robinson, Noah Silver and Ansel Elgort will test this weekend for the role of Augustus “Gus” Waters, the former basketball player who lost his leg to cancer. Woodley’s character, Hazel, meets him in a cancer support group.
Fox had no comment.
Josh Boone is on board to direct the adaptation based on John Green’s book.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber adapted the script with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen producing.
Given the book’s popularity and Woodley’s rising status, it’s been a priority to find her co-star and young thesps have chased the part with equal urgency. As of now, no one is considered a front-runner.
The WME-repped Thwaites was on the shortlist for the male lead in the next “Transformers” (which eventually went to Jack Reynor) and can be seen next in Disney’s “Maleficent.” Wolff was last seen in Focus’ “Admission” and is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Robinson can be seen next in CBS Films pic “The Kings of Summer” and is repped by UTA and Principato-Young. The UTA repped Silver continues to be seen on “The Borgias.”
Elgort, who also stars with Woodley in “Divergent,” is repped by CAA and Brookside Artist Management