Shailene Woodley picks “The Spectacular Now” as follow-up to “The Descendants”

April 17, 2012 | Posted By In Casting | 980 Views

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Shailene Woodley has been wisely picky about a follow-up to her breakout role in Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning “The Descendants.” Now Variety reports that the rising actress has chosen that all-important follow-up, and it will be coming-of-age dramedy “The Spectacular Now”, based on the award-winning novel by Tim Tharp.

The coming of age dramedy, to be directed by James Ponsoldt, follows party-hard high school senior Sutter Keely, who has no ambitions beyond high school except to have as much fun as possible. When he wakes up on a random front lawn and meets shy, introverted Aimee – to be played by Woodley – she begins to turn his world upside down as he does hers. The search is now on for a young actor to play Sutter, though rumors have pegged Nicholas Hoult for the role.

Woodley, one of our Breakout Stars of 2011, has been the star of ABC Family’s teen melodrama “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” for five years, but didn’t break out on the big screen until Alexander Payne cast her as George Clooney’s rebellious daughter in last year’s “The Descendants.” It was a revelatory role that won her many accolades and almost an Oscar nomination (we think she was robbed) and she’s inevitably being bombarded with offers now. While she had committed to star in an essay-writing-contest comedy “A Thousand Words Or Less” for “Descendants” studio Fox Searchlight last July, it appears that has now fallen through.


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