Books into Movies: 'Ender's Game' Trailer, 'The Fault in Our Stars' Casting News, and Much More!

There's lots of Books into Movies news this week. Starting with trailers from Ender's Game and Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes to on-the-set photos for Divergent. Also updates on casting for Vampire Academy and The Fault in Our Stars. Plus, so much more. So continue reading to devour it!


NEW TRAILERS

Ender's Game

A trailer is here for one of the most popular sci-fi books of all time!  Be excited...because it's awesome! Ender's Game will hit theaters November 1st.


My thoughts on the trailer:
  1. $@*&%!
  2. SPACE!!! The CGI is superb!
  3. Harrison Ford's voice over -- not my favorite -- but I'll let it slide
  4. Viola Davis! Love <3
  5. I didn't know Ben Kingsley was playing Mike Tyson...
  6. No, please tell me there isn't a romance in this book. (Yes, I haven't read it). Hailee Steinfield Looks way too old for him. 
  7. ENDER!! 
  8. Best part: graphics
  9. To be determined: acting
For more information on past production/casting you can visit our Ender's Game Book into Movies posts!

Tiger Eyes

Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes is turning into a movie! It will release June 7th, but I'm thinking this is one that may head to select theaters only. Watch the trailer below.


My thoughts on the trailer: 
  1. Willa Holland! Also known as Oliver Queen's baby sister on Arrow
  2. Songasm: Come Awake by Lower 48
  3. Ahhhhhh....nooooo! Please tell me he is not the love interest. Not cute. 
  4. The friend looks like a great actress. 
  5. Emotional, heartbreaking, hopeful. Check. Check. Check. Sounds just like a Judy Blume novel. 
  6. I'm in. 


CASTING NEWS

The Fault in Our Stars

Casting for Gus is well underway. Five actors have been through screen tests for the role. They will join Shailene Woodley, who's already nabbed the part of Hazel and will play Tris in the upcoming Divergent film.


So who may be the romantic counterpart in John Green's bestseller?
Brenton Thwaites, Nat Wolff, Nick Robinson, Noah Silver and Ansel Elgort will test this weekend for the role of Augustus “Gus” Waters, the former basketball player who lost his leg to cancer. Woodley’s character, Hazel,  meets him in a cancer support group.
Let's start with Brenton Thwaites. He's a 24 year-old Australian actor, who's most notable roles are Aussie credits SLiDE and Home & Away. He tested for Four in the Divergent casting process, but lost to Theo James. He was also on the shortlist for the upcoming Transformers installment, but lost it to Jack Reynor. This guy seems like the bridesmaid but never the bride. In that aspect, I'd kind of be happy if he got the role. But...he looks nothing how I pictured Augustus Waters. (Then again, Woodley is nothing how I pictured Hazel...so...yeah). 

Next is Nat Wolff. He's a 19 year-old actor with lots of romantic comedy credits like New Year's Eve and Stuck in Love. My thoughts: I'd rather see Brenton Thwaites as Augustus than him. 

Nick Robinson has played on ABC Family's Melissa & Joey and brought the humor. He'd a deep voiced, tall 18 year-old actor. As far as looks go, he's a little how I pictured Augustus. I've seen the TV show he's on, and I know he has the comedic acting down, but it just depends on whether he can bring the serious. Bonus points for being closest to the correct age! 

Noah Silver doesn't have many credits to his name, but he has been in a few episodes on Showtime's Borgias. And his character is actually very memorable in the show due to great acting from Silver. I have no doubt that this guy could bring Augustus Waters to life. And if I were basing looks on his IMDB picture then he would be my top choice. However, I've actually seen him in the Borgias and he doesn't fit the mold of Augustus Waters to the tee. 

Lastly we have Ansel Elgort who many may recognize as the actor getting ready to play Tris' brother, Caleb, in the upcoming Divergent movie. Besides Divergent and the upcoming Carrie movie he doesn't have many other credits. I can't say much about acting, but he is exactly how I pictured Augustus. Most pictures don't do him justice, so take a look at a instagram photo to see what I mean.


Yeah, this is basically 99.99% how I pictured Augustus. But if he got chosen, how weird would it be to go from playing Shailene Woodley's brother to playing her love interest?

Here's my picks in order of preference: 
  1. Ansel Elgort
  2. Nick Robinson
  3. Noah Silver
  4. Brenton Thwaites
  5. Nat Wolff
Who's your pick to play Augustus Waters? Take the poll below!


UPDATE: Looks like I had good spidey senses this week. It's now confirmed that Ansel Elgort will be playing Augustus Waters! EW broke the news. 
“Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters,” John Green tells 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 Maze Runner

Jacob Latimore has joined the cast of The Maze Runner. Still not quite sure who he will be playing, but at 17 years-old it's nice to see an actual teen joining the cast of a YA adaptation.

Blake Cooper has also been cast as Chuck. He's the youngest glader who befriends Thomas.


Wes Ball, the director, is pretty good about posting updates on Twitter. Here's some great news circulating around via the Twittersphere:

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Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Russian actress, Olga Kurylenko will star as Kirova -- the headmistress. Her most recent role is in the blockbuster flick Oblivion. But I actually know her from the Starz series Magic City where she plays the hotel owner's young wife. She's a phenomenal actress! And again, this is the movie adaption to beat so far. The casting has been 100% amazing!


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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Lily Collins is challenging Shaliene Woodley in most Book-to-Movie adaptations. She is in talks to star as Elizabeth Bennett in this paranormal retelling of the classic story. Most notably, Collins will light up the screens as Clary in City of Bones this August.

Natalie Portman was originally scheduled to star before a director change-up.
The project has been in development for some time, with David O. Russell eyed to direct, Portman starring and Lionsgate distributing. But the script took too long to develop the proper tone, leading to Russell and Portman exiting because of scheduling conflicts.
Burr Steers is now set to direct.

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FILMING NEWS

Divergent

Fans and actors have been tweeting and instagraming sets from the filming that's happening in Chicago right now. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Entertainment Weekly released the first still in the movie! It's the Tris knife throwing scene. Looks promising!
Ansel Elgort (Caleb) took to instagram to share the green screens and cameras from the film, plus a pic of him with fellow Divergent co-star Christian Madsen (Al).



Miles Teller (Peter) took to twitter to share some pics. He even met with Veronica Roth!


And here's Miles Teller (Peter) and Ben Lamb (Edward) checking out the book!




PRODUCTION NEWS

Insurgent

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent has hired screenwriter, Brian Duffield! This is HUGE news. Considering most movies wait around to see how the first film does before going into production with a sequel. *cough cough* Beautiful Creatures. But it seems like the producers are pretty confident. The hype helps a lot of course!

So what about Brian Duffield? He's penned one script according to IMDB -- Jane Got a Gun. Eh...tough to call if this is a good or bad thing. But it's pretty great news that production has begun, regardless of his credentials.



OPTIONED TO FILM

Graceling

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Fantasy fans unite! Reliance Entertainment has picked up the rights to the trilogy and are planning on adapting Kristin Cashore's popular series.

Producer Deepak Nayar (“Paranoia”) will oversee the project for Reliance and Kintop Pictures and will produce alongside Tabrez Noorani (“Life of Pi”) of Tamasha Talkies and Leigh Ann Burton for Blu-Sky Media. British screenwriter Piers Ashworth (“Nostradamus”) will write the script.
Here's what the producer is saying about the movie.
Nayar said in a statement, “We are very excited about a potential franchise with a strong and original female lead. Graceling offers an original storyline that we haven’t seen before that combines elements of ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’”
This is the same company tackling Vampire Academy. And I couldn't be more excited. It isn't a secret that VA is my favorite adaption thus far. So hopefully they can do justice to Graceling.

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OMG OF THE WEEK!

Delirium

Delirium (Delirium, #1)The TV pilot for FOX has been garnering lots of buzz, but as of today it looks like we won't be seeing an TV adaptation of Lauren Oliver's books on the small screen. Sad news for fans, but they may not be too upset. Considering lots of the book was planning to be changed for television. But Delirium officially has the same fate as The Selection last year.
Fox has decided to not move forward with Delirium, an ambitious sci-fi novel adaptation starring Emma Roberts as a 17-year-old in a dystopian future where love is outlawed. Billy Campbell also starred. The pilot was based on the bestselling young adult novels by Lauren Oliver. Instead Fox ordered J.J. Abrams’ robot cops drama, a Sleepy Hollow series, and two others.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?


My personal favorite news: Olga Kurylenko will play Kirova in Vampire Academy. Can this movie possibly make any bad casting choices?

 What's your favorite piece of books into movies news this week? Who do you want to play Augustus Waters? Super excited for Graceling? Shocked about FOX passing on Delirium? Sound off below!

11 comments:

  1. I'm sad they're making a movie of Ender's Game.The main character is 6-11, the mental aspect is huge, and I can't see a child actor pulling it off. People who haven't read the book will judge the story by the movie, which will be incredibly degrading to the deepness of the story. The book has no romance (he's 11 and in a school with almost all boys. Everyone is more focused on improving as a soldier than on love. Peter and Valentine are siblings, but if that gets changed into a romance I will scream). I'm not going to watch it in theatre, since it is impossible to adapt that type of book well, and I would be kicked out quickly for yelling/crying about how they changed some key element.
    I'm worried about Graceling as well, but I have more hope for it.

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    1. I haven't read Ender's Game, but it's one of my sister's favorite books! And I know it's a classic for people, so hopefully they will do it justice. I'm glad that there isn't a romance! They need to stay as true to the book as possible for sure.

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  2. WHOA. I applaud you for gathering all this info girlies! It makes it so much easier to catch up on it all. Haha. I had no idea P&P&Zombies was up for film! That's hilarious! This book cracks me up. I'm rather intrigued to see what they'll do with it. No Delirium? This I haven't heard, and it makes me sad. Ah well. Alas and Alack. DIVERGENT! SQUEEEEEEEEEEe. Enders Game! Squee! [still need to read the book...don't kill me]. TFIOS! Squee! [again, still need to read the book...don't kill me]. Haha. But it's all so awesome. Ya is gonna take over the movie industry. YA FTW.

    <333 Inky

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    1. YA is seriously taking over movies. Hopefully they will turn out as good as the books. Thanks for stopping by :D

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  3. This is all exciting/crazy news! First off: ASA BUTTERFIELD. I just know he's going to do good. I've never seen him act badly and I've watched several of his movies, and I'm just soooo pleased he's getting even bigger/better roles now! I haven't read Ender's Game but I am going to in October before the movie in November.

    And I'm actually VERY relieved to hear Delirium is OUT of the picture. Phew! That was sounding/looking DISASTROUS. I hope they make it into an incredible blockbuster, and everyone will see how amazing the story is. They were ruining it with the TV show...no matter how much Lauren Oliver liked it. ;)

    ALSO: WHAT. INSURGENT. ALREADY. YAYYYY!!!

    And lastly - I have GOT to read The Fault in our Stars! Goodness! I feel like a traitor to YA! Hahahaha

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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    1. I LOVE Asa Butterfield. I have high hopes for him for sure, and was so happy about that casting choice.

      Yeah, the Delirium script was very different from the book and I feel like if it got picked up anyway the fans would hate it.

      Go read The Fault in Our Stars!!! It's so amazing :D

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  4. The Ender's Game trailer is AMAZING! I just LOVE it and I am so excited for the movie!!!!

    I'm definitely a Brenton Thwaites girl when it comes to the whole Augustus Waters casting. I feel like even though some of the other guys are closer to Augustuses real age, if they have to act across from Shailene it will look weird since she'd be so much older than them. At this point I'd rather they get an older guy who looks good with Shailene than a younger guy who would look awkward. I don't mind Ansel either, but I think it would be weird to see him as Shailene's brother in Divergent and then her love interest in TFiOS. Just my two cents. :P

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE MAZE RUNNER MOVIE. It's just shaping up to be awesome. I can hardly wait! That's probably my most anticipated YA adaption other than Catching Fire and Mockingjay of course. :)

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

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    1. Lots of people like Brenton Thwaites! Now that Ansel has been cast, I seriously feel like Brenton needs to be in something. He keeps being runner-up for all the YA roles!

      I can't wait for the Maze Runner movie too! It looks so great. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I don't even know where to start with this post?

    TFIOS! I saw on Twitter that they had officially offered Ansel the role!! I kind of pictured him as Augustus - well not initially, but after awhile it kind of made perfect sense. I think it'd be interesting to see how the two actors go from playing brother/sister in one movie to love interests in the next!

    And then Delirium! I was hoping it would be picked up, but I'm not too bummed out about it!

    great post!!

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    1. Yeah, I just saw the Ansel news on EW. I do picture him a lot like Augustus but it will definitely be odd seeing the two actors play siblings and then end up playing a couple.

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  6. Ender's Games, Maze Runner and The Fault in Our Stars are three books I need to read like ASAP. Or at least, before the adaptions come out. Young Adult adaptions are totally taking over the world or at least the film world...

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