Austin Abrams, Halston Sage and newcomer Justice Smith are joining Fox 2000’s adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel “Paper Towns,” TheWrap has learned.
Nat Wolff and model Cara Delevinge will star in the coming-of-age drama, which is being directed by Jake Schreier.
Wolff will play the lead role of Quentin, whose world changes when the lovely Margo (Delevinge) moves in right next door when he’s nine years old. They become best friends but grow apart over the years only to reconnect in the last few weeks of high school. When Margo mysteriously disappears, Quentin and his best friends go on a journey to find her, and in the course of their road trip, discover a lot about life.
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Abrams, Sage and Smith will respectively play Ben, Lacey and Radar — Quentin’s friends who journey with him to New York City to search for Margo.
Abrams closed his deal Thursday evening, while Sage and Smith’s deals are expected to close soon.
Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber are producing with “Fault In Our Stars” author Green and Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey and Isaac Klausner.
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Sage is an up-and-coming young actress who appeared in “Neighbors” and was a series regular on NBC’s “Crisis.” She next stars in Sony’s “Goosebumps” and Paramount’s “Scouts vs Zombies.” She’s represented by CAA, ROAR and attorney Michael Schenkman.
Abrams co-starred on MTV’s “The InBetweeners” and appeared in both “The Kings of Summer” and “Gangster Squad.” He has booked three indie movies in the last month, having recently wrapped “Medicine Men” with James Le Gros and “The Greens Are Gone” with Kiernan Shipka, Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin. Abrams will also play the leads in Werner Herzog’s “Vernon God Little” and Adam Christian Clark’s “Aaron Baby Superfecta.” He’s represented by APA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Derek Kroeger.