The character that pretty much every reader of John Green’s bestselling The Fault In Our Stars fell in love with has finally been cast! Nineteen year-old Ansel Elgort has been offered the role of Augustus Waters in Josh Boone’s latest directorial effort, the much-anticipated big screen adaptation of Hazel and Gus’ love story. Elgort will play opposite female lead Shailene Woodley as Hazel, who is currently working as Elgort’s on-screen sister on the set of Divergent.
When asked about the casting of Augustus, author John Green told EW, “Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters… I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.”
Josh Boone later added, “Ansel Elgort is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus. His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus.”
All sounds very encouraging!
You can next see Ansel Elgort in action in the remake of Carrie this fall, and production is due to begin on The Fault In Our Stars this August.