When a hostile world takeover by mysterious aliens is underway, there's just one thing to do: get nice and comfy on the casting couch to determine who amongst Hollywood's finest young ladies will lead the charge to save humanity! The invasion in question, of course, is the mysterious "5th Wave"—the hotly anticipated adaptation for film of Rick Yancey's novel by the same name.
The book tells the story of Cassie, a 16-year-old survivor of the alien apocalypse that has wiped out civilization as we know it, who's traveling through the wasteland of Ohio in search of her little brother. And today, we're taking a look at five lovely ladies who might be able to take on the responsibility of bringing everyone's new favorite YA heroine to life.
If you perused our interview yesterday with "The Fault in Our Stars" producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, then you are well aware the duo hopes to begin production on the big-screen adaptation of John Green's heart-wrenching novel as early as this summer. And with a director coming on board within the next couple of weeks, casting can't be far behind. Which leaves us wondering what young actress and actor would be well-suited to spend time in the literal heart of Jesus as Hazel and Augustus.
Today we're tackling the role of 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster—an introverted cancer patient wise beyond her years. Keep reading after the jump for our picks, leave your own in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow when we take a long hard look at Augustus Waters. (We have tough jobs...)
FROM NEXTMOVIE: One month after New Zealand actress Alice Englert casts her spell stateside in the big-screen adaptation of "Beautiful Creatures," she'll timewarp back to 1960s London in the drama "Ginger & Rosa."
Co-starring Elle Fanning, the film follows the teens' friendship as it splinters under the strain of the Cold War and the sexual revolution. The movie premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now a trailer has made its way online!
Click on over to NextMovie to watch the clip!
It's a well-known law of the universe that, at any given time, there must be a young actress from the Fanning family available to knock our socks off in big Hollywood movies and look fantastic in teen fashion mags—and now that Dakota is coming up on legal adulthood, it's time for sister Elle Fanning to take a place in the spotlight. And look, here she is! Looking lovely on the cover of February's Teen Vogue!
Elle is currently starring in the holiday feel-good film "We Bought a Zoo," and in her interview, she talks about her approach to acting, what it's like to follow in her big sister's footsteps and how she handles suddenly starring alongside Hollywood's A-list in feature films.
Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago is one step closer to fruition! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit Entertainment has tapped Evan Daugherty to pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of Veronica's thriller "Divergent." Evan's been making a name for himself in the industry of late, with writing credits on Kristen Stewart's "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Shrapnel."
Though "Divergent" debuted just last month, built-in buzz helped propel the novel into best-seller territory and secure a place in the hearts of YA fans. The story is set in a future world in which the population is divided into five factions, each embodying a different virtue (honesty, bravery, selflessness, peacefulness and intelligence). At 16 years old, each citizen undergoes an aptitude test and must then select which faction they will join. For Beatrice Prior, the decision thrusts her into an unfamiliar world of action and adventure. And an unexpected romance.
As production on the enthralling tale ramps up, we figured it was high time to take a seat on the Hollywood Crush Casting Couch to pick a few good girls for the role of Tris. Our blond heroine characterizes herself this way: "I see a narrow face, wide round eyes, and a long, thin nose—I still look like a little girl though sometime in the last few months I turned sixteen." Keeping those details in mind, here are our picks for one of the best YA protagonists around:
Big sis Dakota may have a few years on her, but 13-year-old Elle Fanning is playing catch-up quite nicely in the movies department. After films like "Babel" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Elle is taking on her most high-profile project yet with this week's buzzy J.J. Abrams romp "Super 8."
Elle plays Alice Dainard, the lone girl in a group of kids who witness a mysterious train crash and capture it on film while making a lo-fi zombie flick. It's probably not hard to guess that as the only rose among thorns, Alice is the crush-object of several of the neighborhood boys. And you know what? We're going to echo those sentiments and declare Elle Fanning this week's Girl Crush!
As is customary, in exchange for the honor, we asked Elle to reveal her own Girl Crush.
"[I have] a huge one on Alexa Chung—her fashion, everything," she said of the former MTV host and English model. "I went to the Met Ball and met her, and I was like, 'Oh my god. I can't even believe it.' I couldn't contain myself."
We have a feeling girls everywhere will start feeling that way about you, Miss Fanning, after they see your amazing work in "Super 8"!
Do you plan on seeing "Super 8" this weekend?
It'll be a showdown between vampire and witches at this year's MTV Movie Awards as top nominees "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" will use every supernatural power available to them to take home the most Golden Popcorns. (For you folks keeping track at home, "Eclipse" has the most nominations with eight, while "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" comes in second with six).
We at Hollywood Crush are always loathe to pick favorites when it comes to our prized pop-culture juggernauts. I mean, can't we all get along? And most importantly, can't we like both? Which is why this year, we've made some of our favorite celebrities like Elle Fanning, Hilary Duff and Troian Bellisario do the dirty work for us.
That's right, we asked the stars which franchise they think will take home the most awards. Click play on the video above to hear what they have to say, and leave your own opinion in the comments section below.
The MTV Movie Awards air June 5 at 9/8 C!
Which series do you give the edge to in this Movie Awards showdown? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!
We know what you're thinking about the possibility of Liam Hemsworth taking on the role of Peeta in "The Hunger Games": He's too old! Hot, yes, but too old.
Still, when we caught up with the 21-year-old star at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday (he was in town hanging with his big brother, fellow actor/hottie Chris Hemsworth), seemed ready to sink his teeth into the part.
While he hasn't yet met up with "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross ("I mean it's pretty early right now," Liam said, adding, "But, yeah, I'm sure I'll met [him] on it soon"), he confirmed to us, "I read the script."
While Dakota Fanning has become a part of the beloved "Twilight Saga" family, her little sister Elle Fanning has attracted some attention online as a rumored possibility to play one of the major roles in the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of "The Hunger Games."
MTV News caught up with Elle on the red carpet at the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday night to talk about the buzz surrounding her playing "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss, or fittingly, her little sis Prim.
However, Elle (who was nominated for Best Young Actor/Actress award at the CCMAs, but ultimately lost to "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, another actress speculated to take on the coveted role of Katniss) has one small hurdle in her way.
While Aly Michalka is seemingly taking over the film industry (or at the very least, the teen genre), sister AJ has just landed herself in one of the hottest properties in Hollywood: the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration, "Super 8." No, we don't have any idea of who she'll be playing, and no, we really don't know what the movie is going to be about, but this definitely could be the film to catapult AJ Michalka into the Hollywood big leagues.
AJ announced on her Twitter account last night that she landed the role, writing, "Amazing news! I was just cast in J.J. Abrams' and Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated film Super 8 :)...It Arrives, Summer 2011 Xo AJ." We have to admit, we're a bit surprised the forces behind the scarily secretive project let her share that much. "The Lovely Bones" star will be joining Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning, along with Ron Eldard and relative unknowns Noah Emmerich, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Gabriel Basso.