Shailene Woodley, Queen of Y.A.? Starlet Joining ‘Fault in Our Stars’ Too

Shailene Woodley Joins Fault in Our Stars

Shailene Woodley wants all the Young Adult fiction roles, it seems. After nabbing the lead in Divergent’s adaptation back in October, Woodley is stacking up another Y.A. role in The Fault in Our Stars, John Green’s bestseller which managed to transcend the Y.A. curse and become Time Magazine’s top book of 2012. No wonder the Secret Life of the American Teenager star is making a beeline for this movie; she is a perfect hybrid of tween appeal and critically acclaimed dramatic chops (need we remind you about The Descendants?), just like Green’s book. 

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According to Deadline, Woodley is in final negotiations to play the lead role of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a young cancer patient who falls in love with her fellow cancer support group member. Despite its grim premise, the book captures the vibrance and energy of the two lovers, whose experience is more about finding the joy in life, no matter what lies ahead, rather than focusing on the finite time available to them. Woodley certainly has the skills to tap into this character; she traversed this type of territory adeptly as the angry teenage daughter to George Clooney and her cancer patient mother in the funny and touching film The Descendants

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Between The Fault in Our Stars, her role in Divergent, and her upcoming turn as Mary Jane Watson to Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, Woodley is on the cusp of a pretty sizable moment. She lost a little momentum after the buzz of her Oscar-winning Clooney starrer died down, but it has served as enough of a determining factor to nab her some serious roles outside of her ABC Family claim to fame. And now, it’s all happening. 

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Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.