03/19/2013 05:46 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2013

Shailene Woodley In 'Fault In Our Stars': Actress Nabs Lead In Upcoming Adaptation

Shailene Woodley has booked her next big film role.

Woodley will star in Fox 2000's adaptation of John Green's celebrated novel, "The Fault in Our Stars." The 21-year-old actress was rumored for the role earlier this year, before EW broke the news of her involvement on Tuesday.

Woodley will play Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient who falls in love with a boy named Augustus in her support group.

“During our exhaustive search to find Hazel Grace Lancaster, I saw some stunning auditions by today’s finest young actresses,” director Josh Boone told EW. “Over 250 girls read for the part, but it wasn’t until Shailene stepped in front of the camera that I truly saw Hazel for the first time. It was like lightning striking. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to see what I have.”

After rising to fame with her starring role in ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," Woodley has seen a quick transition to serious film roles. She was celebrated for her performance in the Oscar-nominated film "The Descendants," nabbing a role in the Sundance darling "The Spectacular Now" soon after. Woodley also plays Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Woodley will reunite with "The Spectacular Now" screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for "Fault in Our Stars." The duo has been tapped to adapt Green's novel for the big screen. This is the second film Neustadter and Weber will have done with Woodley, following "The Spectacular Now," which they also wrote.

You can read "The Fault In Our Stars" this month as part of the HuffPost Book Club.

[via EW]

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