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Ansel Elgort has been cast as Gus in The Fault in Our Stars movie, based on the book by John Green!

The 19-year-old actor will star opposite Shailene Woodley, who was cast as Hazel in March.

“Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters,” John Green told Entertainment Weekly, who broke the news. “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.”

Added director Josh Boone, who’s first film Stuck in Love opens in theaters this June, “Ansel Elgort is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus. His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus.”

News of Elgort auditioning for the role in the highly-anticipated movie arrived one week ago when he competed for the part against four other young actors. Elgort may’ve had an advantage because he’s already working with Shailene Woodley for Divergent. They play brother and sister Caleb and Tris in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian.

Producer Wyck Godfrey spoke about Elgort’s audition to play Gus and alleviated any potential concerns of the two stars sharing two movies. “We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus. His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in Divergent with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of Fault will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once.”

The Fault in Our Stars movie plans to shoot in August. It will be released sometime in 2014.

UPDATE: Elgort tweeted to John Green that The Fault in Our Stars is his “absolute” favorite book:

What do you think of Elgort as Gus?

Thanks, EW.

  • http://beware-thewhispermen.tumblr.com/ Kyle

    I don’t know how I feel about this. But I’ll reserve my judgement until the movie comes out. Congrats to Ansel!

    • http://slasher777.tumblr.com/ Alex

      I just can’t see him with an unlit cigarrete in his mouth.

      • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

        I can.

  • zara

    I’m not okay with this…but then again, I’m not a fan of tfios

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000508407296 Luke Payne

      Um… have you read it? Not to be a jerk, but…

  • zara

    I’m not okay with this, but at least this isn’t a series

  • http://beware-thewhispermen.tumblr.com/ Kyle

    Also: I just realized how frigin’ WEIRD it’s going to be to see Ansel & Shailene play brother and sister first in Divergent and then…romantic interests in this.

    • jake

      Whoa. I didn’t notice that. I feel like that’s going to be a big distraction for me. I

  • muysi

    Yeah, it’s a little weird to me too! You’re not alone.

  • http://twitter.com/madge_witt Madge Witt

    Once again reserving judgement on the casting until I see him in the role.

    And if you want to talk about weird casting of family in one film and romantic interests in another. Katie Hall and JOJ in Les Mis (Cosette and Valjean) and then in Phantom (Christine and the Phantom). Though it shouldn’t matter–I’ve played someone’s mother in a production and then a year later I’m playing their love interest. If you’re comfortable with the person you’re acting with, the relationship will play how it’s supposed to. Especially with talented young actors

  • http://llama-attack.tumblr.com/ es1831

    This just seems like one casting director got really lazy

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

    I haven’t read Divergent yet, so I come to this as purely a TFIOS fan. I can totally see this guy as Augustus. I can see why some people would be cautious with the casting incest thing, but the movies will not be coming out on top of each other. Love the excitement from Josh Boone and John Green. I’m very excited for this movie.

  • http://twitter.com/CapnMeow Joey Meow

    I don’t think the people who are saying it’s weird that they are siblings in one film and lovers in another fully understand acting.

    • http://twitter.com/HungerSlytherin Jeremy

      I have not read TFIOS yet (i plan to) but I agree they are actors and can play both Siblings in one film and Lovers in another.. I think why alot of people are seeing it as weird is these movies Divergent and TFIOS will come out at least in the same year and since they are both adaptions of YA novels I think they audience is very similar. .

      • WeasleyWrock

        I think that we’ll be fine for TFiOS, though. Ansel’s part in Divergent is pretty minor until the second installment.

    • http://twitter.com/Shaftsword Shaft Almasy

      They understand casting though, how many times will you see an actor play a bad guy in one show then a good guy in another. It is like a VERY weird off shoot of typecasting

    • Fabiana

      I’m sure they can do it and acting makes that possible, especially good acting, it just might be a little weird for the viewer. Especially if you’re a fan of both books. And like they said, the movies are coming soon. I bet after TFIOS they will start making Insurgent or something. Hope to see them on screen and be thrilled like John Green :)

    • TheAngelsHaveTheSnogBox

      It’s not a matter of whether they can play siblings as well as lovers, I’m sure they’ll both excel at both, it’s just as a fan reaction, it will seem weird. Just imagine in a movie, you see Matt Lewis and Emma Watson play lovers. As actors they’d both be brilliant etc but as a fan I’d be like, “Hermione….what are you doing with Neville? Go back to Ron!”
      It’s a fan thing, not an acting thing :D

  • Colin

    Yikes… that’s a serious blow to my excitement about this film. Gotta say, my interest is now waning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277197900 Tal Rejwan


  • thejirehscope

    I don’t know how to feel about this, but…if he’s good enough for John, I’ll take it.

  • S

    Are you freaking serious.

  • http://twitter.com/mikaelamalanga mikaela ∞

    As someone who has read both, I think it’s going to be a little awko taco, but I trust their decision.

  • Jessica

    I was hoping Nat Wolff but Ansel’s going to be great. I’m really happy he’s not that old, too. That was one of my biggest concerns, so honestly I’m super excited about this.

  • leo

    I guess he has good hair for the role?

  • Colin

    UNLESS Veronica Roth has a twist in store, and Tris and Caleb aren’t actually siblings. That’d be convenient as all get out.

  • Anerd

    NOOOOOO, This is so annoying!!!!!! I wanted Cameron Monaghan to play Augustus.

  • Mal


  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    HA!! there is so much ya bool adaptation incest happening right now LOL

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    lauren graham dates her tv brother in real life. if they’re good enough actors it shouldn’t be a big deal.

  • Kate

    They’ve likely done chemistry tests between the two for this movie; so I’m going to assume it’ll be just fine. They’re actors. These are two separate movies. I think they’ll be fine.

    • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

      Exactly! The people who chose him thought they had the best chemistry out of the other options. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been chosen. I think the fans are the ones that need to get over the issue, not them. They are fine.

  • Glaciusx

    I honestly don’t know how I feel about this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.harmon1 Curtis Harmon

    No, just no, he looks more like Issac to me than Gus.

    • geegee


  • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

    I can see the Gus in him. I can see it. Even if the casting is kind of incestous in the fandom world, we have to remember that they are two separate stories, and we should treat them as such. If his performance was enough to convince the people involved beyond his role in Divergent, then it can only be THAT good. Plus, Ansel seems like a pretty fandom enthusiastic guy on Twitter. I like him. Best of luck to him.

  • http://twitter.com/Firefly155 Billy_Drake

    I love Divergent and TFIOS. I read them both last year around the same time. I just hope that their acting can make me overlook the weirdness . I think Shailene can play a good Hazel and Tris, though I think I’ll have to watch Carrie to make my opinion on Ansel (another book I love!).

  • Glaciusx

    Major disappointment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000508407296 Luke Payne
  • SonickedYou

    HEARING THEM SAY OKAY TO EACH OTHER. What I would’ve done to see that.

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

    he looks right for the role and it’s good to hear John so excited! It’s gong to be weird seeing them in Divergent and TFiOS.

  • WeasleyWrock

    I’m slightly disappointed in Nerdfighteria’s reception to this. Tumblr yesterday was a judgmental mess.
    Ansel’s first movie hasn’t been released, and as the the casting directors and John have such an incredible review of them, I have faith. It’s even better that Shailene and Ansel love the book so much. I’d much rather have people who can act as Hazel and Gus than those who are shockingly similar in looks to the couple.

  • Hi.

    He looks alright… I just hope that he has the crooked grin we all know and love.

  • geegee

    what about brendon thwaites?? he was the perfect augustus.

  • TheAngelsHaveTheSnogBox

    Not sure how to feel about this, but I will say I would’ve preferred Brenton Thwawites, or even better, Joshua Anthony Brand. But hey, if John Green approves, then I’m open to this casting decision. Not ecstatic, but open.

  • Stasha

    Not how I imagined gus

  • angelica

    anyone else upset because he doesn’t have blue eyes. I just feel like thats so important.

  • angelica

    Joshua Anthony Brand is the perfect actor he has piercing blue eyes just as augustus was described, a defined jaw line, the crooked smile yet a big goofy one as well, and not to mention he has a very attractive voice.

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