Shailene Woodley is on fire lately, isn't she? After landing the lead role of Tris in Divergent [Lionsgate's next hope for a Hunger Games/Twilight like franchise], she was cast as Mary Jane Watson in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' franchise. Now, she's been cast in another YA adaptation, this time in John Green's 'The Fault In Our Stars', which has spent the last couple of months on the bestseller lists.
Although Woodley first started out in 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager', which was often mocked for poor writing and acting, it wasn't until the Descendants that she really started to shine. Although she failed to earn an Oscar nomination for that role like many predicted her to, she still started to build momentum for many other roles, which has certainly paid off now.
Woodley will play Hazel Grace Lancaster, the female lead in the film who is a cancer patient who falls for another patient in her support group and the two embark on a deeply emotional and heartbreaking relationship. Many fans are happy with the casting, knowing that Woodley will do the role justice. Josh Boone, the director, even spoke about the casting, saying, "During our exhaustive search to find Hazel Grace Lancaster, I saw some stunning auditions by today's finest young actresses. 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. It was like lightning striking. I can't wait for the rest of the world to see what I have."
The film doesn't yet have a release date, and nobody else has been cast in the film.