Quick, like a bomb going off, young actress Shailene Woodley made an impact in Hollywood. All it took was starring opposite George Clooney in The Descendants and she was made. Honestly, people were only buzzing about her for about fifteen minutes and she had already lined up a dozen or so new jobs starring in adaptations of various, popular works of youth-oriented literature.
Recently we’ve started to see the end results of those early deals, and so far the results have been good. Though The Spectacular Now was a bit more of an acting showcase for the equally great Miles Teller, Woodley continued to convert fans with her performance as the female lead there, and now we have a trailer for her latest YA adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars, which not only seems to be a film that shines the spotlight fully on her growing star, but is also one that gives her the inherent drama of a deadly illness to tug at our heartstrings with.
This one should be an easy layup for her. Now she’s a shoo-in for being the favorite actress of a whole new generation of weepy teen girls. Or, at the very least, this thing looks a lot more promising than that questionable Divergent movie they’ve also got her starring in. That one’s encroaching just a little bit too much on Jennifer Lawrence’s turf for comfort.
Probably this kid who’s acting opposite of her, Ansel Elgort, should get some mention too. Usually when a young actress is about to see her career pop off like this they try to stick her in some kind of weepy romantic drama about young love, and the dude they put opposite of her is some kind of blank-faced-though-washboard-abbed Abercrombie model. This Elgort kid is pretty and all, but he also seems to bring some humanity and personality to the table too. Like, acting opposite of Shailene Woodley and not having 100% of the attention stolen away from him personality. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Did anybody actually watch that Carrie remake and see if he showed any promise there? Maybe if he’s got some chops, that Divergent movie that he also happens to be in won’t be so bad after all. It does have a pretty stacked cast.
To stick to the matter at hand though, The Fault in Our Stars – which comes from director Josh Boone, who showed a bit of promise with his debut feature Stuck in Love – is all set to get a June 6th release. If you like what you’ve seen from Woodley so far, or if you happen to be one of those weirdos who likes to go to the movies to cry in front of strangers, you’re probably going to want to mark it on your calendar.