It’s Friday, which means it’s another week of Casting Call. I’m a little late with my post, because I had a crazy day of travel yesterday and couldn’t get it together in time — apologies! This week we had a heck of a time trying to pay tribute to genius John Green’s excellent, heartbreaking work of staggering genius “The Fault in Our Stars.” I’m only casting two characters, so once you’re done reading my picks, you have to check out the rest of the cast: YA Crush (Hazel Grace and Isaac), The Grown-Up YA (Peter Van Houton and Lidewij Vliegenthart), Gone Pecan (Kaitlyn and Mrs. Lancaster) and The Book Addict’s Guide (Mr. and Mrs. Waters)
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.(Goodreads)
This week I’m once again casting the lead, Augustus Waters, and also Hazel Grace’s dad, Mr. Lancaster.
Douglas Booth as Augustus Waters
This week was difficult, because I always like to pick not just someone who looks the part but who I honestly believe could pull off in the role. Augustus is one of young adult literature’s Great Guys. He’s a gorgeous cancer survivor (and former basketball star) with just one leg but with all of his powers of charm and seduction (not in a sexual way but in that way that an interested, good-looking guy can pursue the object of his affection). Having seen Douglas beautifully portray Pip in the BBC/PBS Masterpiece production of “Great Expectations,” I think he could nail the emotional (and devastatingly charming) role of Augustus.
So those are our picks this week! Who would *you* pick in the adaptation of FiOS?
Honesty Clause: In our development of this feature we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays.” Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities is purely coincidental. Also, you should check out their casting because it rocks!