With production on the movie version of John Green’s beloved “The Fault in Our Stars” projected to begin as early as this summer, Hollywood Crush has been spending hours on the casting couch, plucking the perfect candidates for the plum roles of teen loves Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.
Yesterday, we brought you three picks for our leading lady, and today we offer a trio of lookers for our main man, who’s described in the novel as “long and leanly muscular” with mahogany hair. Keep reading after the jump for our suggestions!
Dark-haired, blue-eyed, and extremely freakin’ tall: Nicholas Braun has all the physical earmarks of a great Augustus, and he’s still gangly enough to be convincing as a teenager. But the real thing that makes him my favorite for the part is his ability to be both funny and vulnerable on screen, often at the same time. —Kat Rosenfield
I know he’s 21 already. I know this is wrong. But I can’t get Logan Lerman out of my head as Augustus. He’s so lovely, so versatile in his various teen personas (cocky-powerful in “Percy Jackson,” humble-powerless in “Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and, like, way way younger than the original cast of “90210” when they were playing high school students. —Brooke Tarnoff, NextMovie
Don’t worry, Brooke. I’ll see your 21 and raise you five, because my pick for Hazel’s honey is 26-year-old Evan Peters. Few actors play love-sick teen better than the “American Horror Story” star, who somehow made his dangerously deranged Tate seem dreamy. My only reservation is that he’s just under 6 feet tall, but I’m sure the height differential will be all but forgotten when I’m ugly crying into my jumbo popcorn. —Amy Wilkinson