Wolff appeared alongside author Green, director Jake Schreier, screenwriter Michael H. Weber, fellow actor Justice Smith and composer Ryan Lott to discuss the anticipated Fox 2000 adaption of the YA novel.
The panel featured an exclusive trailer, which teases more of Q’s (Wolff) male friendships, that will air next week during ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.
And throughout the laugh-filled discussion, Schreier confirmed that Green does make a cameo in the film, and that the soundtrack will be available June 16 and feature a song by Wolff and his brother Alex.
The author also defended the occasionally unlikeable character, Margo, also known as Q’s miracle. “When you watch the actual movie, you see that Q’s miracle isn’t Margo, and treating a person as a miracle is always a mistake. At times, Margo is unfair to Q, but it’s also unfair for Q to ask Margo to be all these things to him, to build her up,” he explained of the character played by Cara Delevingne, who Green admitted he “didn’t know she was famous” but “understands the idea of being seen as a two-dimensional object more than anyone.”
“We do girls a disservice by trying to romanticize them. … If you zoom out, you can’t know someone after three days in nine years. I think she says, ‘You don’t love me, you don’t know me.’ The way Cara said that, it choked me up,” he continued. “It said something about the way I’d imagine girls as a teenager, and how that was destructive to me and destructive to them. … Romantic love is not the only love that has value.”
Inevitably, the film will be somewhat different from the beloved book. Fault in Our Stars screenwriter Weber said of adapting Paper Towns, “There’s almost a few different genres in one book, and for us, it was finding the different balance. … There was a lot of trial and error until it felt right, until it felt satisfying.”
Yet Wolff reassured, “The main feeling that you get from reading the book, we tried to get that in the movie.” And Green admitted that he encouraged the team to make the film different from the original material, as long as the themes are still prevalent.
Wolff and Smith also noted that during production, the two roommates got kicked out of their apartment complex for using a BB gun to try to shoot out an outdoor light shining into their window, rather than simply buying blackout curtains. Thankfully, executive producer Isaac Klausner was able to lobby for them to move back in.