Daily Read (5/5/16)

I hear some of you like Benedict Cumberbatch? Here he is talking about playing Richard III in the new season of The Hollow Crown. (I just glanced at the cast list for that episode and it’s GREAT, of course.)

Apparently Josh Boone has confirmed he’s written a script for the Interview with the Vampire reboot. Maybe I will finally get around to reading that book.

Huh: A modern Midsummer Night’s Dream with Rachel Leigh Cook, Hamish Linklater, Avan Jogia, Lily Rabe, and others?

Speaking of Shakespeare: Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts may star in Ophelia, based on the Lisa Klein novel based, of course, on Hamlet.

FX has optioned Don DeLillo’s forthcoming novel Zero K.

Movie News: Fantastic Beasts, The Stand, A Monster Calls, & More

J.K. RowlingWarner Bros. has announced that J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in the world of Harry Potter, will hit theaters on November 18, 2016.

Josh Boone will direct The Stand, and his The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff has been cast in the King adaptation.

Liam Neeson has joined A Monster Calls.

The Great Gilly Hopkins has added Julia Stiles, Bill Cobbs, and Billy Magnussen.

A Walk in the Woods has cast Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Schaal.

Live by Night has been pushed to October 7, 2016.

John Green Vlogs from the Set of The Fault in Our Stars

John GreenMany fans of author John Green are already familiar with his vlogging, but for the uninitiated: John and his brother Hank make video blogs in the form of messages to each other and post them on their Vlogbrothers YouTube channel. And in his latest video, John is on set at The Fault in Our Stars! The video features appearances by stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, director Josh Boone, and more.

Sam Trammell Joins The Fault in Our Stars

Sam TrammellAccording to an exclusive from The Wrap, actor Sam Trammell (True Blood) has been cast as the father of Shailene Woodley’s character Hazel in the big-screen adaptation of John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars. As previously reported, Laura Dern will be playing Hazel’s mother. Josh Boone is directing.

Shailene Woodley to Star in The Fault in Our Stars

Shailene WoodleyOne of the most-anticipated movie adaptation casting decisions has been announced: Shailene Woodley will star as Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars, based on the extremely good and wildly successful YA novel by John Green. Entertainment Weekly broke the news, with a quote from the director:

“During our exhaustive search to find Hazel Grace Lancaster, I saw some stunning auditions by today’s finest young actresses,” director Josh Boone tells EW in an exclusive statement. “Over 250 girls read for the part, but it wasn’t until Shailene stepped in front of the camera that I truly saw Hazel for the first time. It was like lightning striking. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to see what I have.”

And one from Green:

“I am absolutely thrilled that Shailene will be playing Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars,” John Green says. “It means a lot to me that she is a fan of the book, and I know from our conversations that she has a profound understanding of Hazel. Watching her audition, I felt like Hazel Grace Lancaster was talking to me. It was eerie–and very exciting.”

Thoughts? Feelings? I’m pretty happy with this casting, personally, though it’s interesting that she will be starring in YA adaptation Divergent around the same time.

Josh Boone to Direct The Fault in Our Stars

Hey, Nerdfighters, we have some official news! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Boone will direct the movie adaptation of John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars. Boone previously wrote and directed 2012’s Stuck in Love. From his statement about the project:

“John’s book came along just when I needed it,” Boone tells THR in a statement. “It pierced my heart and helped me deal with my grief. I laughed and cried and was left with an overwhelming feeling of hope. That our lives matter, that the love and kindness we share with others reverberates long after we’re gone.

“I feel the weight and responsibility to get this right, and give his readers and devoted fans as pure a translation as possible…We hope to create a little infinity within this film that fans can revisit over and over.”