Break out your Kleenex, people. The Fault In Our Stars may well give The Notebook a run for its money as the supreme tearjerker of all time. It’s adapted from the bestselling novel by John Green, which – as popular young adult fiction – was pretty much guaranteed to make it to the big screen. But by-the-numbers romance this is not.
Hazel (Shailene Woodley) is 16 years old and living with lung cancer, forced to tote an oxygen tank wherever she goes. Life is looking pretty bleak until she meets cancer survivor Gus (Ansel Elgort) at a support group. Charming, intellectual and with a refreshing disregard for the norm, Gus brings Hazel out of her shell to live in the moment – but in doing so, forces them both to confront their own mortality.
Although there’s no sign of Hazel’s cantankerous favourite author Peter Van Houten in the trailer, don’t worry – he’s in the film, and he’s played by none other than Willem Dafoe. You’ll also recognise Laura Dern as Hazel’s mother, and Nat Wolff as the heartbreakingly unlucky Isaac.
The director is Josh Boone, who’s best known for Stuck in Love – a pretty decent romantic drama. But if you’re not reassured, remember that author Green was a frequent presence on the set, shooting video blogs and keeping tabs on the whole operation. Let’s hope Hollywood can preserve the wit and sincerity that made the book such a hit.
via The Independent