My fellow YA novel enthusiasts, if you haven't read Lauren Oliver's thoroughly engrossing love story, "Delirium," you best get yourself to a Barnes & Noble, like, right now because the dystopian tome is headed to the multiplex!
Deadline reports that Fox 2000 has purchased the screen rights to the New York Times bestselling novel, in addition to signing a first-look deal with Lauren's company Paper Lantern Lit (meaning more of the author's works could land in theaters in the coming years).
For the uninitiated, "Delirium" is set in a world where love is considered a disease, which is cured by a lobotomy-like procedure. Enter 17-year-old Lena Haloway, who just weeks before her surgery comes down with the dreaded sickness (a.k.a. she meets a boy). Lena begins to reevaluate the world as she's known it, questioning whether the government is really the one who should pick her husband, and essentially, her life path.
I, for one, am really excited to see this work come to life, not only because it is an engaging read (seriously, there was sobbing...from me), but "Delirium" is also written with an eye for the visual (I'm thinking of one particular scene involving an aptly timed cattle stampede...). With production still in its earliest stages, we figured it the perfect opportunity to hop on the Hollywood Crush Casting Couch and pick a few favorites for the lead role of Lena.
Here is how Lena describes herself: "I'm not ugly, but I'm not pretty, either. Everything is in-between. I have eyes that aren't green or brown, but a muddle. I'm not thin, but I'm not fat, either. The only thing you could definitely say about me is this: I'm short." To be fair, we learn later that, like most teens, Lena is more harsh on her looks than she should be. That being said, here are our recommendations for Lena (keep in mind casting a petite actress is a tall order in an industry littered with leggy young things):
1. Malese Jow
The former "Vampire Diaries" star is quickly becoming our YA novel adaptation heroine de jour. Last year we cast her in the lead role of Katniss in "The Hunger Games," but if the 20-year-old doesn't land the part, we think she'd be equally well-suited for Lena, who becomes a strong-willed heroine in her own right.
2. Daniella Monet
"Victorious" actress Daniella may be a tad old for the role at almost 22 years old (her birthday's next week!), but the Nickelodeon star is definitely an actress one would categorize as "vertically challenged." With her girl-next-door looks, we think she's a good physical match for Lena.
3. Danielle Campbell
At the other end of the casting spectrum, 15-year-old Danielle is a wee young for the role of nearly adult Lena, but at a petite 5'3" she's certainly short enough! With an upcoming turn in the Disney movie "Prom," we think that the pretty actress is headed for big things.
What do you think, Crushers? Who should play Lena?