Entertainment Weekly revealed that Ansel Elgort had been offered the highly-coveted role opposite Shailene Woodley in the adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Acquiring the role of Gus must've been some pretty STIFF competition, but I guess Ansel had a LEG UP on the other guys.
Director Josh Boone had this to say to EW:
“Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters."
[He] is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus. His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus.”
John Green told EW in an exclusive statement:
“I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.”
The Fault in Our Stars producer Wyck Godfrey says:
"We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus. 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.”
TFiOS is one of my favorite books and has been right at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list for over a year so this is news that I and many other fans of John Green have been waiting months for.
Ansel Elgort can soon be seen in the new adaptation of Carrie coming out later this year as well as playing Tris' little brother in Divergent next March. Hopefully knowing he will have to play boyfriend to Shailene in TFiOS won't be too weird while player her brother in Divergent. I'm sure their connection will only multiply while they are shooting.
Out of the four or five guys they were screen testing for the role of Gus, Ansel was both mine and Jeremy's top pick. I have a good feeling about this casting. And he's pretty easy on the eyes too.
Hopefully, with this news of the final main actor being chosen, that means production of TFiOS could start as early as the end of this summer. I can't wait to follow every new detail from this movie.