| NEW YORK, June 4
NEW YORK, June 4 In a summer of blockbusters
with superheroes, a rampaging monster and a wicked fairy, "The
Fault in Our Stars," the film adaptation of John Green's
best-seller, is a heart-wrenching story of young love that could
become a box-office hit.
Green's 2012 young adult novel has sold 10.7 million copies
worldwide, providing a built-in fan base for the film that opens
Friday in U.S. theaters.
The 36-year-old prize-winning author, also known for the
vlogbrothers video blog on YouTube, has been tweeting about the
film to his 2.47 million followers. And Fandango said it is the
biggest pre-selling romantic drama in the online ticket-seller's
"The Fault in Our Stars"- the title based on a Shakespeare
quote - features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who last
appeared together in the dystopian thriller "Divergent."
"It is a movie that celebrates life and is incredibly
hopeful," Woodley, 22, said in an interview. "It is about
falling in love for the first time and the beauty of being in
love, and all the trials and tribulations and glory that comes
Woodley and Elgort play smart, witty teenagers who begin a
romance after meeting at a cancer support group.
"I fell in love with the story and the relationship between
Augustus and Hazel," said Woodley, who wears a nasal cannula and
wheels around a portable oxygen tank throughout the film.
"I also loved that, at the age of 16, Hazel understood that
you don't need to live a long life to lead a meaningful life."
Hazel and Augustus, who lost a leg to the disease, are
fun-loving and never let their illness define them. Although
cancer is the backdrop, Elgort said, it is not the focus of the
"What it does do is put a clock on things, which makes
things interesting because I think it allows both characters to
live in the moment," the 20-year-old actor explained.
Academy Award nominee Laura Dern ("Rambling Rose") plays
Hazel's protective mother, Frannie. Nat Wolff is the couple's
friend, and Willem Dafoe, who won Oscar nods for "Platoon" and
"Shadow of the Vampire," is the elusive Peter Van Houten, the
author of Hazel's favorite novel.
Perplexed by the book's unsatisfactory ending, Hazel and
Augustus travel to Amsterdam to meet Van Houten and learn the
fate of the book's characters.
Early reviews for the film, shot in Pittsburgh and
Amsterdam, have been overwhelmingly positive. It is expected to
bring in $36 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales during
its opening weekend, according to Boxoffice.com.
For director Josh Boone ("Stuck in Love") the film was
always about two young people in love.
"To me it just seems like I hadn't seen a movie like this
before, done this way, with characters like this, with a love
story like this. I just thought it was a fascinating backdrop to
talk about illness and death and life and family," he said.
(Editing by Eric Kelsey and Gunna Dickson)