Producers of the highly anticipated film version of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" are keeping the casting of their leading man all in the family...so to speak. Ansel Elgort—who plays Shailene Woodley's brother in her other YA-adapted project, "Divergent"—has been offered the role of her love interest, Augustus Waters, in the drama about two cancer patients who fall in love in support group. (This all according to Entertainment Weekly).
Now, before you raise an eyebrow, the people in charge say it's all good.
"We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus," producer Wyck Godfrey told EW. "His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in 'Divergent' with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of 'Fault' will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once."
In addition to "Divergent," Ansel has really only one other film credit to his name: The upcoming remake of "Carrie," which stars Chloe Moretz and opens October 18.
It was reported last week that Ansel was one of five guys—including Brenton Thwaites, Nat Wolff, Nick Robinson and Noah Silver—reading for the role of Hazel's BF. Perhaps his current working relationship with Shailene on "Divergent" gave him a leg up against the competition?
Whatever the case, Ansel has the enthusiastic support of John Green, and that's really all that matters to us. The author told the site: "Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters." And now, we too, have a face to go with the fantasy...
"The Fault in Our Stars" will likely begin production sometime this summer.
Do you think Ansel will make a good Augustus? Does it weird you out that he's already playing Shailene's brother in "Divergent"? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!