“Spider-Man” runner-up Charlie Rowe and Mitchell Hope (Disney Channel’s “Descendants”) are the finalists for the male lead in John Green‘s “Looking for Alaska,” while “The Witch” star Anya Taylor-Joy is the frontrunner for the titular female lead, TheWrap has learned.
Immy Waterhouse, the model and younger sister of Suki Waterhouse, is also a contender for the female lead of Alaska Young along with two other actresses whose identities remain unknown.
Director Rebecca Thomas was recently in New York reading girls, and insiders say she and Paramount are close to making a decision on both young leads. While Paramount ideally hoped to cast an established name like Chloe Moretz or Daisy Ridley, Thomas has been open to casting a relative unknown and making a fresh discovery.
“Looking for Alaska” follows a teen named Miles who is sent to boarding school where he falls for a beautiful and mysterious classmate named Alaska Young.
This latest Green adaptation will once again be produced by Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who also penned “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Paper Towns,” which hits theaters tomorrow.
Rowe, who is represented by CAA, played a cancer patient on the short-lived Fox series “Red Band Society”. He was also finalist to play Spider-Man, though he ultimately lost the coveted superhero role to Tom Holland, whom he congratulated in a classy Twitter post.
Representatives for Paramount and Rowe did not immediately respond to requests for comment, while a representative for Hope had no comment.