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The Secret Life of the American Teenager's Shailene Woodley made her mark on the movie world in 2011 as the heartbroken teen daughter of Alexander Payne's The Descendants. At Sundance this year, she won plenty of buzz for her follow-up, James Ponsoldt's Spectacular Now. What could she possibly do to top herself? How about fronting an adaptation of the novel Time Magazine called the #1 Fiction Book of 2012?
John Green's The Fault In Our Stars centers on Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old who has earned her teen angst and dark depression. See, for three years poor Hazel has been battling cancer that by all accounts is terminal. Worried for her mental well being, her doctors urge her to go to a kids-with-cancer support group. There, she meets fellow cancer survivor Augustus "Gus" Waters, and the two share an instant connection. First love is always intense, but Hazel and Gus' romance is made all the more important by their cruel awareness of how short life really is.
It might sound like Nicholas Sparks for the YA set, but this young adult novel has been praised for its warmth, wit and emotional honesty. In short, it sounds like it could be a great project for Woodley, who has already shown herself to be a talented actress and compelling screen presence. Hypable got confirmation from Woodley's publicist that the adorable ingénue is currently being considered for the lead role of Hazel, but it's unclear if she is currently in negotiations for the role or not. We'll let you know more as this story develops.
The Fault In Our Stars is expected to shoot later this year. In the meantime, Woodley is in production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where she'll portray Mary Jane Watson. And fans of Woodley can keep an eye out for her in Gregg Araki's thriller White Bird in a Blizzard, which should come to theaters in the coming months.