Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort played sister and brother in Divergent earlier this year, while in the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars the duo portray a pair of young lovers; that the’s opposite of Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, who portray a married couple in the upcoming Godzilla reboot, before they appear as the super-powered brother and sister Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. Such is the experience of being an actor in Hollywood sometimes, it seems.
Moving on – Fault in Our Stars is a very different sort of best-selling young adult novel-turned movie than Woodley and Elgort’s previous collaboration. The former takes place in the present-day, where sixteen-year old cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) is doing her best to live a fulfilling life as a regular teenager, in spite of the knowledge that she is (as she words it) “a grenade” that, one day or another, is going to wreak emotional havoc on those close to her.
An extended cut of the film’s previously-released trailer (see above) offers a better look at Hazel’s daily life, via a talk with her parents – one that’s rather different than the conversations most teens have with their mom and dad – as well as an extra moment or two between she and the young Augustus Waters (Elgort): a teen amputee and bone cancer survivor, whose thirst for life and upbeat personality make it all but impossible for Hazel to be immune to his charms (or so the trailer informs us, anyway).
Fault in Our Stars began as a book written by John Green, before it was adapted for the big screen by screenwriter duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Judging by the film’s latest trailer, this new movie has traces of the hip wit found in Neustadter and Weber’s (500) Days of Summer screenplay, with poignance and philosophy similar to that found in the pair’s script for their previous teen romance tale, The Spectacular Now (which also costarred Woodley).
Directing Fault in Our Stars is one Josh Boone, whose feature debut Stuck in Love also aspires to be a funny, yet profound look at issues of the heart and soul – for which Boone earned a decent, though lukewarm, reception for his efforts. Because Fault in Our Stars deals with heavier issues, it should leave a stronger impression on people than Boone’s first outing as director; if handled well, the film could be a moving tear-jerker – if not, this one could easily feel cloying and/or manipulative. Here’s hoping for the best, as always.
Rounding out the cast of The Fault in Our Stars are Laura Dern (The Master), Sam Trammell (True Blood), Nat Wolff (Admission), Lotte Verbeek (The Borgias), and Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
The Fault in Our Stars opens in U.S. theaters on June 6th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies