Shailene Woodley should be afraid, very afraid: Willem Dafoe has been cast in the upcoming adpatation of John Green’s bestseller, The Fault In Our Stars. Dafoe will play Peter Van Houten, the angry, alcoholic recluse who wrote Hazel Grace’s (Woodley) favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. The character appears in several pivotal scenes that take place in Amsterdam, and his novel holds a great deal of importace to the plot. Green announced the news via Twitter on Friday.
It’s an interesting casting decision, especially when looked at in context with many of Dafoe’s other roles. He’s made a career for himself playing terrifying and sinister characters, and while Van Houten is certainly mean— and even a bit scary at times — it seems like quite a departure for the actor. While it’s still too soon to tell if Dafoe will choose to explore the character’s softer, sadder side, it’s pretty much guaranteed that his scenes are going to be intense. Although, it might be hard to even see them through all of our tears.
The film’s cast also includes Nat Wolff, Sam Trammell and Laura Dern, and is expected to be released in 2014.