It's pretty commonplace for book fans to have a proverbial dog in the fight when it comes to casting characters in a cinematic adaptation. Because the mental images woven by a beloved book are often ultra personal and hard to replicate. (See also: The initial response to key casting decisions in "Twilight," "The Hunger Games," "The Mortal Instruments," among others.)
But some of John Green's fans have taken their pleas for an actress of choice to nab the lead in "Looking for Alaska" to the max.
For example, the hashtag #KayaScodelarioAsAlaska is currently being used to flood the author's pages on Facebook and Twitter, following a comment he made that Taylor Swift might be a good match for the movie.
Green has been on the receiving end of so many WHYYYYYYYYYs that he tried to reach out and clarify that he was just joking and his words became a bit of clickbait and nothing more, and besides, he has no real say in casting.
But ... that's not quite cutting it.
See, there are a lot of Kaya Scodelario enthusiasts that have their minds absolutely made on this choice, in part because they can already visualize her in the role thanks to some pretty divine fan art and snippets from her other works.
Here are a couple of choice examples:
Meanwhile, the hashtag #WOCforAlaskaYoung has also been gaining some serious feed fervor. That trend encourages the casting team on the newest Green adaptation to diversify the role of Alaska Young.
Some of the proposed casting options for the central role on that movement include "Hunger Games" actress Amandla Stenberg and Jaz Sinclair, who appeared in a slightly expanded role in "Paper Towns."
Whatever comes of it, the spamming war is WAGING, which means the film's newly-minted director Becca Thomas should have a pretty good idea what to expect from this adaptation project already. Much heart, many feels, and lots of expectations.
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