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Posted at 2:00 pm,
November 19, 2012

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ casting: Who should play Hazel?

The Fault in Our Stars casting is now a hot topic among fans since news has been increasing over the last few weeks. Especially since the Breaking Dawn premiere where producer Wyck Godfrey commented that the script is as good, if not better than the book.

Of course, the next big question is who could play these beloved characters?

Godfrey also stated that “we’ve got all the actresses you would ever want to be in it want to play Hazel Grace,” so the big question is who do you think should play Hazel Grace? Its adaptation will truly depend on this actress’ ability to bring Hazel Grace to life and her chemistry with the actor chosen for Augustus Waters.

Check out our choices for Hazel Grace and tell us who your choice for Hazel would be in the comments.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson has proven that she is a diverse actress ready to take on a leading lady role outside that of Hermione Granger. Her turn in The Perks of Being a Wallflower has proven Emma can take on tough roles and make them her own. She also has the intellectual presence as well as the sassiness to play Hazel. While she probably won’t be most people’s first choice, Emma Watson has a lot to offer the role.

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman has had a diverse career that started at the age of six. Her first film was When a Man Loves a Woman and since that time Mae has been in numerous movies and TV shows as well as voiced characters such as Tinker Bell. Mae’s most current role is on Parenthood where she plays a sassy, snarky teen. Mae is definitely up for the challenge of playing Hazel and her looks fit the description of Hazel making a solid choice.

Sami Gayle

Sami Gayle is a relative unknown. She can currently be seen on Blue Bloods playing Nicki Reagan-Boyle, the granddaughter of Captain Reagan played by Tom Selleck. Sami certainly has the look of Hazel. Even though she has a smaller resume than the others she brings a lot of talent to the table. Sami has an emotional range to her acting that would suit Hazel.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld first burst on to the scene in True Grit playing opposite Matt Damon and stealing scenes. She is also no stranger to adaptations considering she just finished filming Ender’s Game and Romeo and Juliet. Steinfeld has the acting chops to take on the role of Hazel and she also fits the age range. Steinfeld is on the brink of being the next big teen star, playing Hazel could be the ultimate role for her.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Bresslin began her career at age six in M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs. Since that time she has been in over 30 movies and television shows. Abigail was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Little Miss Sunshine. Abigail has certainly proven ability to play diverse roles and could bring a quirkiness to the role of Hazel. Abigail also has experience working in films about cancer and would bring that knowledge to the role.

Now that you’ve seen our choices for Hazel who do you think should play her? Also, be on the look out for our Augustus casting choices.

Who should play Hazel?

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Be sure to cast your vote for which actor should play Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars film.

UPDATE: Mae Whitman was kind enough to share this article on Twitter and author John Green replied:

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  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    Mae Whitman. Yesyesyesyesyes!

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Louie Schuth

    My heart says yes to Emma playing Hazel, but my brain says no.

  • Alex

    For some reason, the first time I saw the question about who should play Hazel,I just immediately thought of Emma Watson.

  • diana

    I don’t Emma would do it. She has said she doesn’t want to do teenage movies anymore.

  • Becca

    When did Abigail Breslin play a character with cancer?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1297260009 Elise Hammond

      I don’t know, but maybe they are referring to Sister’s Keeper where her sister had cancer?

    • Jen_Lamoureux

      It should be that she played in a movie about cancer! We are working on fixing that now. She was in My Sister’s Keeper

  • bethanny23

    Please not Abigail Breslin. I mean she is a good actress just not right for Hazel. I Kinda like the sounds of Mae. Especially looks wise she really fits the part.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katharine.smith.73 Katharine Smith

    Mae Whitman would be PERFECT!!! Thats who I imagined as Hazel when I was reading the book!

  • Candice

    Although this book is great I am still waiting for John greens other book Looking for Alaska to come to the big screen. the rights were given,but nothing after a number of years. Sad this one is going to be first to hit the big screen.

  • Jazz

    yes Mae Whitman! I would completely want that

  • Jason

    I know Ellen Page is probably too old, but still!

    • luna97831

      YES!!! Ellen Page is pure perfection for quirky roles. And who’s quirkier than Hazel?

      If only this movie was being made ten years ago…

      Actually, my only hope is that they actually cast someone in the vicinity of actually being a teenager. 18 at the oldest. Same for Augustus. Producers totally ruin the authenticity of any movie or TV show when the actors are double the age of their characters (Cory Monteith is 30 and plays a 19 year old…)

      • Lexie

        Generally, it’s a child labor law thing. Until they turn 18, they still have to do a certain amount of school work pr day. logistically, it makes sense to cast someone in the 18-25 range who can play young.

  • Katie

    Mae would be great, actually! I’d love to see her do it.

  • Kiana

    I honestly think they should have an open casting call for Hazel. I feel like it would be best to have someone completely new play her since she’s such an important and loved character.

    • Lexie

      So I’m taking this to mean that you want to play Hazel. Am I right? don’t take it the wrong way, I’d love to play her as well.
      Basically, this is a role that’ll be very easy to do incorrectly. They’re going to need someone with a lot f experience and, if they want any Oscar cred, a well-respected name. In all honesty, the only “unknown” I would ever approve of would be Esther. unfortunately, though she is no longer with us. TFiOS is her story, really, and for another Nerdfighter to play the role almost feels to me like an insult to her memory.

  • Emma

    Mae Whitman would hardly be taking on a challenge of a serious role. On Parenthood she does that on a weekly basis. She’s also done a little with a cancer plot, because on Parenthood her aunt has breast cancer.

  • SarcasticLuna

    I just realized I have read this book before!

  • jughead75

    MAE WHITMAN. :). If not her, then Shailene Woodley. And maybe, just maybe, Nellie Veitenheimer. Haha. She could write a beautiful song for the soundtrack either way.

    • Wreck ThisJournal

      Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie Nellie :D

  • Jacob

    While I love me some Emma Watson, I think Mae would be a much better fit, mainly because of looks. And both their acting is superb, so I suppose it comes down to what the director wants.

  • arlequin

    Kimmy West! Did no one see that short clip on youtube?

  • http://twitter.com/LaCoraDora Cora Dora

    I would love Mae, but I feel like she is too old for the role. By the time they would start filming probably she would be almost a decade older, which would be fine for some roles, but I think part of the wonder of Hazel is that she is quite young and is still facing all these challenges. I’m definitely for them doing an open casting call and finding an unknown (look how well that turned out with other movies. Evanna Lynch always comes to mind: open casting call and they pretty much found a real life Luna).

  • katie

    I totally pictured Mae Whitman as Hazel! I just never realized it until now! :)

  • RumbleroarLuna

    I’ve always cast Emma, mostly because of Harry Potter and her haircut. I do want someone kind of unknown though. I think Joey Richter should be Augustus, maybe.
    But dream-dream-dream cast would be Bryarly Bishop as Hazel and Charlie McDonnell as Augustus. Jussayin.

    • RumbleroarLuna

      Oh, and I’m pretty sure my friend has cast Abigail Breslin before too. So.

  • Jessica

    I love Emma Watson but I want her as far away from this as possible. She is way to old for the role and honestly I don’t think her American accent is amazing after seeing Perks. Mae Wittman, is too old as well. This is such raw and real role and I think that only a real teenager would be able to accurately portray Hazel in the way that at least I think she should be portrayed. I really like the idea of Sami Gayle, but I think Hailee or Abigail could be great as well.

  • http://twitter.com/mxd mason


  • http://twitter.com/mxd mason


    • jon


    • RumbleroarLuna

      I’ve casted Alan Rickman as Van Houten :P and Emma as Hazel, of course.

    • Mr Kennardow


    • Annie

      no dude. as much as i love harry potter, lets leave it alone.

  • accioahobbit

    i could see Sami with a shaved head looking very much like Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta, which Agustus describes her as

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I love all of these actresses (except I don’t know Sami Gayle), but I don’t think any of them should play Hazel. I really want some amazing unknown to get the part. I think Mae would do well but I think she’ll be too old by the time they start filming. This is one of the few roles where I think age is really important because TFiOS isn’t just a cancer book, it’s a teen cancer book, so the youth of the actress is really important. I can usually feel something is slightly off when they have a 24 year old playing a teenager so I really think they should get a primarily teenage cast. However, if getting THE PERFECT actress/actor means casting a 24 year old, I’m ok with that.

  • kelsey0403

    As much as I love Emma, I just can’t get over the fact that her American accent is horrible. I cringed every time she spoke in Perks.

  • Kelly

    NONE OF THESE. I’m sorry, I love almost all of these girls, but none of them are right….

  • http://twitter.com/jackie_crly Jackie C

    Nellie Veitenheimer from The Glee Project? Anyone?

    • NatalieFisher

      I COULD see that. She’s close to what Ellen Page would look like for it, if Ellen Page wasn’t too old.

      • http://twitter.com/jackie_crly Jackie C

        That’s what I was thinking. And Nellie is only like what, 20?

        • Wreck ThisJournal

          YES! Nellie would be perfect! She could act strong, she can act vulnerable, i just love Nellie! And she has the right look, right age, and right hair :D

  • Guest

    I prefer an unknown. None of these actressses fit how I see Hazel. I do picture her somewhat like Emma Watson, but she is too old for the role. I think you really need someone very close to the age of 16 to show the vulnerablity of Hazel as well as her strength.

  • http://hunyumstan.tumblr.com/ hunyum

    My love for Emma screams her name, but the love for TFioS screams Mae … I guess right now, TFios > Emma, so … Mae!

  • Isabelle

    Stop calling her Hazel Grace! No one but Augustus Waters is allowed to do that.

  • Anna

    i should play hazel. end of discussion.

  • Julianna

    You guys…Taissa Farmiga would be a brilliant Hazel. She was snarky and heartbreaking on AHS, she has the right look (at least in my mind), and she’s the right age. She is who I pictured in my head.

  • Samantha Hoffman

    Personally I think that Freddie Highmore should play Augustus, as Emma should play Hazel.

  • http://twitter.com/missxdelaney Jemma

    I know she looks young but Mae Whitman is way too old. I think it should be an unknown.

  • Kristi

    How about Chloe Moretz? Hailee is a good choice too.. but “ready for her big breakout role”? The girl was already nominated for an Oscar (from her first ,movie role no less) and has been getting roles left and right! If that isn’t a breakout, I don’t know what is…

  • http://twitter.com/DelenaMae Delena Obermaier

    I love Mae Whitman. She would actually be really good for that role. She’s got the looks, plus she Mae Whitman, so she can do anything. I think there are multiple girls who could play Hazel, but Augustus…well, that’s a totally different story. I don’t personally have anyone in my mind that could play him.

  • Firefly155

    This is such a hard choice. Hazel is so particular and unique. I think all five of the actresses are good choices. All have there ups and downs… I want to say Emma but I’m going to go for Abigail because I think this would be a good step for her and is also pretty awesome.

  • Firefly155

    I voted for Abigail but Mae Whitman looks more like Natalie Portman. I don’t usually go for looks when it comes to these polls, but I think the similarity in these Hazel and Natalie’s appearance its quite big. It’s how Angus connects with Hazel more and I think all these actresses are good enough to play her.

  • HermioneCriss


    • RumbleroarLuna


      • HermioneCriss

        OH GOSH I HOPE SO!

  • SonickedYou

    Mae Whitman. I pray to you, Casting Gods…

  • :D

    We need a nerdfighter to play Hazel and Augustus!

  • Lena

    I hope they do open auditions, there’s a lot of talent in Nerfighteria, and I think that the right Hazel is probably out there, and it I think it would be a great way to give undiscovered actors a career.

    • Lexie

      As a Nerdfighter and an actress, I really feel like the only Nerdfighter to play Hazel is Esther, even though she’s no longer with us. And, yeah, there’s a lot of talent out there but honestly, I would only trust a seasoned actress with this role.

  • Kayle

    Mae or Abigail, definitely!

  • Samuel

    Mae Whitman is the only one of these I would really like see playing Hazel but I was thinking Chloe Moretz or one of the Fanning sisters, perhaps.

  • Beth

    Tessa Netting. That is all.

    • HermioneCriss

      YES. YES. YES.

  • Lorena915

    Honestly don’t know who Mae Whitman is, but she looks something like how I imagined Hazel would look look, I don’t know. Something about her.

  • cellogrrl123

    I love Emma to pieces but I think it should be an open casting for Hazel. We need someone unknown to make her role.

  • http://twitter.com/Tadzo279 Adam Mullan

    Well since John is a massive personality on YouTube, I think they should definitely look to YouTube for aspiring actresses as well, for example, Mary Kate Wiles, she in currently in two webseries and plays a completely different character brilliantly in each, I honestly think she would be an amazing choice. I don’t mind though, so long as the cast understands the book, and play their characters effectively, I’ll be elated.

  • Caitlin Owen

    MAE WHITMAN. Mae Whitman. Yes, a million times yes.

  • mrkennardo

    Emma Watson – Hazel, Logan Lerman or DanieI RadcIiffe – Agustus, Rupert Grint – Isaac and Alan Rickman- Peter Van Houten

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist

    I’m I the only one that wants this to stay just as a book?

  • JGall

    Taissa Farmiga :) Or maybe an unknown actress from open casting calls

  • Mia

    BRIANA CUOCO AS HAZEL, (Mary Bennet From the Lizzie Bennet Diaries)

    Foreals, obviously Hank thinks she has talent and if John has any say in who gets cast it most definitely should be her.

  • anna

    what about chloe mortez?

  • http://www.facebook.com/KahlanAlanna Elizabeth Le

    NO! Emma is too well known. Mae is too old. Abigail is also too well known. Sami Gayle-no. so my vote is for Hailee Steinfeld

  • annie

    *sigh* if only i looked remotely like hazel….then i would audition.

  • poophead

    Jennifer Lawrence!

  • http://twitter.com/Arlieangel93 I’m Arlie

    Chloe Moretz?

  • Lyla

    Emma Watson, Sami Gayle, or Dakota Blue Richards :)

  • Abigail

    I want to see Mae Whitman or Sami Gayle playing Hazel Grace, I want to see them on the big screen, I think Emma Watson is too common for playing another role, give others a chance. ;)

  • emme

    EMMA WATSON!!!! PLEASE PLEASE. I will cry if it is Abigail breslin or sammi or mae.

  • Rajah


  • Rajah

    Please choose Nellie veitenheimer she has the right look and on top of that her guilty pleasure is America’s next top model it meant to be people!

  • hello

    I like how Sami Gayle looks and she’s how I picture Hazel :)

  • piiksukaz

    Either Watson or Gayle, that Whitman girl looks nothing like Hazel, at least in my head, I would def. not like to see her in the role.. whether John approves her or not. When it comes to acting I think Watson would do the best job, as she has proven herself in the Perks. JMO.

    • piiksukaz

      And considering how Augustus compared her to a millenial V for Vendetta Natalie Portman… I would say Emma is the closest choice.

      • piiksukaz

        OR maybe Dakota Blue Richards!

  • pam

    what font is that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/penny.larrettearl Penny LarrettEarl

    Please check with Wayne Earl, the father of Esther Grace, AKA Hazel Grace, to see who should play the part!! The book is dedicated to Esther Grace Earl for a reason!!!!

  • -l-

    Hazel has long hair though! In the book at least, I’m pretty sure.

  • Rayne

    I think Mae Whitman is a great Hazel. I think the hardest character to cast correctly will be Gus. He’s too perfect for any actor.

  • http://twitter.com/getyourshovel Val

    Mae Whitman would be perfect IMO. Emma Watson would be terrible.

  • Becky

    Leaky had an awesome thought, MK Wiles would be awesome, an already nerdfighter, understands our community and a really great actress, we already know she can do a wide range of roles (Zelda and Lydia are SO different) I think she’s perfect!

  • Rikki

    Sami is oh so right for Hazel

  • maru


  • Lisa

    I thought Dakota Fanning would be brilliant. Emma Watson is absolutely not fit for the role. I love her acting, but honestly, I just don’t think she would be right as Hazel.

  • Lisa

    Oh yeah but an open casting call would be a GREAT idea. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be Hazel. I’m just saying, there are many, many talented actors/actresses out there and I would hate for this movie to be just full of superstars, when it’s so unique and special.. They gotta have a start eventually, I want someone new!

  • Mishfishy

    Emma would be great, but she just finished with perks of being a wall flower. I think she’d need some time to let that die down because of how perfect she was in that.

  • Olivia

    Please, please, please. Ellen Page would be the perfect Hazel Grace!

  • TFioS lover

    I’d say…Abigail Breslin or Mae Whitman.

  • Eden

    Chloe Grace Moretz came to mind for Hazel… has she been considered yet? I think she could do a good job. Now that she’s been cast as Carrie she must be able to act, and she’s got a young enough face.
    Also dream Augustus would be Josh Hutcherson haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/evelyn.crepaldi Evelyn Crepaldi

    The only actress that comes to mind for the role of Hazel, is Ellen page;

  • http://www.facebook.com/alice.ayres.35 Alice Ayres