Nat Wolff appears to be out of the running to play the new Peter Parker in Sony and Marvel Studios’ upcoming Spider-Man movie reboot, though he was previously reported to be a potential candidate. Nonetheless, he will make the jump to leading (young) man in this summer’s Paper Towns, the latest John Green YA novel adaptation that was adapted for the big screen by the screenwriting duo of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ( who also penned the 2014 Green adaptation The Fault in Our Stars).
Wolff stars in Paper Towns as Quentin Jacobsen, a high-schooler who – as the character explains in the latest trailer for the film – is very much the type of person who prefers an organized and predictable life, rather than one full of spontaneity – that’s what he tells himself, anyway. Life changes for Quentin when, out of the blue, one night he accompanies his longtime crush Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) on an adventure – before Margo disappears without explanation the next morning, leaving Quentin and his friends to try and figure out where she’s gone.
You can watch the new trailer for Paper Towns, above.
It’s worth noting that Neustadter and Weber’s script resume extends beyond John Green adaptations; the pair also penned the original rom-com (500) Days of Summer, as well as the well-received film adaptation of author Tim Tharp’s high school love story/drama The Spectacular Now. The latter movie in particular offers a more thoughtful and complex narrative about the dreams of teenagers versus the messiness of reality, while (500) Days plays out as a comedic deconstruction of a relationship that (as established at the story’s beginning) ultimately doesn’t work out.
Green’s Paper Towns novel (without giving away too much about the plot) does, in fact, fall in line with Neustadter and Weber’s previous screenwriting efforts – so unless the story’s been stripped of its more poignant elements, the trailers for the film adaptation are a bit misleading, with their ever-upbeat tone. That’s not to say there isn’t a strong difference in opinion among those who have read Green’s novel, regarding how smartly it subverts a rather tired narrative – where an ordinary young male protagonist is forever changed by an almost mystical, quirky, young woman. The film version may also somewhat divide people, assuming it doesn’t stray too far from the source material.
Paper Towns was directed by Jake Schreier, who made a splash in 2012 with his feature film directorial debut Robot & Frank – a genre-blending movie that (many would agree) is often whimsical and playful, yet manages to tackle more serious subject matter without losing its balance. That bodes well for his efforts on Paper Towns, as Green’s story likewise calls for distinct shifts in tone at different points – the kind that could give the audience emotional whiplash, if they’re not handled well. Schreier seems like someone who will be able to avoid committing such a faux pas, though.
In related news: Wolff may not be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Delevingne’s now part of the DC Cinematic Universe – as she’s playing Enchantress in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (scheduled to arrive in 2016). Delevingne, who was a fashion model before she started acting, will also get to play a space adventurer in Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comic book adaptation (which will reach theaters in 2017) – and recently, she popped up as an assassin in Taylor Swift’s flashy “Bad Blood” music video. Paper Towns might be worth watching for her alone, in other words.
Paper Towns opens in U.S. theaters on July 24th, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox