If your bookshelf looks anything like ours, it's likely sagging under the weight of all the amazing reads on their way to the big screen. From "The Mortal Instruments" to "Beautiful Creatures," we can hardly wait until our favorite literary characters come to life before our eyes.
As it happens, yesterday's news that "The Host" had landed a release date got us once again pondering who would be perfect to portray love interest Jared. Which then got us pondering all the other casting announcements we're absolutely itching for (we aren't a patient bunch). So while we suffer the interminable wait (thanks, studio red tape!), we list our 10 most anticipated adaptation casting announcements (in no particular order).
Character: Simon in "The Mortal Instruments" series
Who is he? Best friend to heroine Clary Fray (Lily Collins), romantic rival to Shadowhunter Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), rock god extraordinaire (in his dreams)
Latest buzz: Names like Logan Lerman and Asher Book have been bandied about for a while now, but the most intriguing rumor of late (courtesy of Young Adult Fantasy Guide webmaster Stacey O'Neale) is that "Eclipse" star Xavier Samuel auditioned for Jace, and though he didn't score the role, he made quite an impression on Screen Gems. Could he be a Simon contender? (Personally I think he's too old and a little too good looking for the part, but I won't say no to more Xavier in my movies.)
Next year is shaping up to be the year of the YA novel film adaptation (trust us), and while "The Hunger Games," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "The Mortal Instruments" have been making headlines of late, things have been relatively quiet regarding production on Taylor Lautner's "Incarceron."
Last we heard, several young ladies were in contention for the female lead, including "Gossip Girl"'s Blake Lively and "Harry Potter"'s Emma Watson. "The Hunger Games"' Jennifer Lawrence was also a rumored front-runner for the role, though she dismissed that speculation while walking the Oscars red carpet.
So, of course, when we sat down with Taylor during our recent "MTV First," we tried to get as much "Incarceron" dish as we could from the star. Which we'll admit, wasn't much (though did sound promising!).
"It's in development," Taylor said. "You know, the script's being worked on right now, and we'll see. I don't know what's going to happen next. I'm kind of just in a waiting period, focusing on 'Breaking Dawn' and 'Abduction' and after that we'll see. Everything's being worked on right now."
Emma Watson knows a thing or two about big screen adaptations of beloved books. So it should come with great joy to the fans of Stephen Chbosky's 1999 coming-of-age novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" that the "Harry Potter" star has officially signed on to play love interest Sam in the upcoming film.
Emma confirmed the news today from her Twitter page when she posted, "Hi all,just wanted to tell you that for once a story in the papers is true! I'm filming Perks of Being a Wallflower this summer.Can't wait!x"
We can't wait either! The film version of this YA classic (which is being released by Summit Entertainment, home of the "Twilight" movies) has been a long time coming, and Emma has been in talks to play Sam for awhile (Logan Lerman has been reported to take on the role of the protagonist "Charlie"). Plus, if anyone can handle "Wallflower"'s tricky subject matter like drugs, sexuality and suicide, it's the lovely, dignified Ms. Watson.
When you're a teen heartthrob making eight-figures per film, you tend to attract some pretty high-profile leading ladies. Such is the case for Taylor Lautner, who is starring in the upcoming adaptation of the young adult novel "Incarceron."
Deadline has the scoop that Fox 2000 is in the process of casting his romantic interest (a young woman named Claudia), and that their top three picks are "Gossip Girl" actress and geek dream Blake Lively, "Harry Potter" starlet Emma Watson and likely Oscar contender Jennifer Lawrence.
Those are three surprising and very different picks to star opposite Taylor. Claudia is the daughter of the warden of Incarceron, a brutal prison sealed off from the rest of the world where Finn (Taylor) is trapped. She, simultaneously, is trapped in the Realm, which is modeled after the 17th century.
Find out which of the three actresses we think is the best choice after the jump, and then cast your vote for who you think should co-star!
Whether I'm visiting with family or chilling on a tropical beach somewhere, the holidays are when I make sure to set aside time to escape into a good handful of books. And because I can't handle anything too heavy this time of year, it's a great opportunity for me to tackle the stack of young-adult paranormal romances and dystopian adventures on my desk. Here's what I've got packed for winter break:
"Torment": I included Lauren Kate's "Fallen," the first in a four-part series, on last year's winter reading list, so this is for symmetry—and also because I can't believe I've waited so long to find out what will happen to Luce now that she's learned that her boyfriend, Daniel, whom she met at a boarding school for troubled kids is actually a fallen angel whose been her boyfriend for quite a few lifetimes, each ending in her untimely death. Now, as he goes off to battle those who want her dead for good, she's sent to yet another boarding school, this one meant for Nephilim. Should be interesting!
The final two "Twilight Saga" films might be shooting right now, but Taylor Lautner isn't ready to give up on the young adult genre quite yet. Deadline is reporting that Taylor has signed up to star in the big screen adaptation of another up-and-coming YA novel, "Incarceron." The storyline of the novel and its soon-to-be-released sequel, "Sapphique," is a lot darker than "The Twilight Saga"'s, and it also doesn't find Taylor transforming into a big cuddly wolf every two seconds (though hopefully there will be plenty of shirtlessness).
"Incarceron" follows the story of Finn, a boy raised in the brutal Incarceron prison, sealed off from the rest of the world. His fate is to escape the prison, and he gets his chance when he receives a special crystal key. He meets up with several companions and journeys to find a way to escape.
But the story of Claudia, daughter of the warden of Incarceron, is being told simultaneously. She is trapped in the Realm, which is a world modeled after the 17th century where advanced science and technology are prohibited. She finds the crystal key at the same time Finn does, and it allows them to communicate and try to create an escape plan.
So, I'm not exactly tormented by a love triangle, fighting an oppressive totalitarian government, suffering under some family curse or being threatened by a supernatural being. But there is a great weight on my shoulders at the moment: the giant stack of amazing YA novels in my office waiting to be read. And the folks at Penguin aren't exactly making things easier with the "Breathless" teaser trailer they just gave us the exclusive on.
Set to the soulfully crooned song "Breathless" by Florida rockers Miggs (which you can download at BreathlessReads.com), the clip promotes Kirsten Miller's "The Eternal Ones," Brenna Yovanoff's "The Replacement," Andrea Cremer's "Nightshade," Ally Condie's "Matched" and Catherine Fisher's "Sapphique." You know what they say about covers, but maybe you can tell a book by its trailer? If so, my "to-read" list is about to grow. Keep reading to see the entire "Breathless" trailer!