Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Josh Boone’s The Fault In Our Stars.
Boone announced the news on Twitter Friday. Dafoe will play reclusive and alcoholic author Peter van Houten. The 58-year-old Academy Award nominee is best known for his roles in Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, The Last Temptation of Christ, Boondock Saints, and Spider-Man.
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as Hazel and Augustus (Gus), two cancer-stricken teens who meet in a support group and strike up a relationship. Nat Wollf plays Isaac, the friend that introduces them, and Laura Dern and Sam Trammell play Hazel’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster. Comedian Mike Birbiglia was also recently cast in the film as Patrick, the leader of the Cancer Kid Support Group where Hazel and Gus meet.
In an exclusive interview with The Inquisitr in June, Josh Boone said that he couldn’t believe he got to make to make the film.
“A company called Temple Hill owned the book and brought it to Fox Searchlight. Fox Searchlight hired the guys that wrote 500 Days of Summer to adapt it, and then they started meeting with directors. I still can’t believe I get to go make it,” he said. “They just really liked my version of that movie. They liked what I came and said I was going to do with it, so we’re going to start shooting on August 26. The book is just so important to so many people that I want to make sure it’s as truthful as it can be.”
Filming for The Fault in Our Stars began August 26 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The film will also shoot in Amsterdam. The movie is set to be released sometime next year.
One of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, will play Peter Van Houten in #tfiosmovie!
— Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) September 6, 2013