‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Casting: Who Should Play Hazel?

If you perused our interview yesterday with “The Fault in Our Stars” producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, then you are well aware the duo hopes to begin production on the big-screen adaptation of John Green’s heart-wrenching novel as early as this summer. And with a director coming on board within the next couple of weeks, casting can’t be far behind. Which leaves us wondering what young actress and actor would be well-suited to spend time in the literal heart of Jesus as Hazel and Augustus.

Today we’re tackling the role of 16-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster—an introverted cancer patient wise beyond her years. Keep reading after the jump for our picks, leave your own in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow when we take a long hard look at Augustus Waters. (We have tough jobs…)

Taissa Farmiga
Admittedly, I pretty much want to cast Taissa Farmiga in everything, ever. But I really do think she’d be an amazing Hazel. It’s such a complicated role, and Taissa is a pro at striking just the right balance between hopeful teen and jaded skeptic. (Just watch her in “American Horror Story” if you don’t believe me.) Kat Rosenfield

Elle Fanning
Thinking of casting “The Fault in Our Stars” just makes me think of “The Fault in Our Stars” itself, which makes me cry too hard to care about actors—but in my calmer moments, I want Elle Fanning in the part of Hazel. I never want to go on record saying any young star looks believably terminal, so let’s just say that Elle has the necessary fragile appearance—but with a sweet, roundish face to address Hazel’s “chipmunked cheeks”—with acting chops and enough sassiness to capture the lead role. OK. Now back to the fetal position.Brooke Tarnoff, NextMovie

Mae Whitman
Who am I to argue with John Green, who tweeted that he would be happy to have the “Parenthood” actress portray his protagonist. Mae’s proven herself in a slew of supporting film roles, including brash Mary Elizabeth in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” It’s time she land the lead, and I can’t imagine a better role for her than whip-smart Hazel. Amy Wilkinson

Who do you think should play Hazel? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!