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Not only will he star in the next John Green adaptation, Paper Towns, but he has also landed a role in TFIOS director Josh Boone‘s next film, The Stand, he told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview on Sunday.
Boone is attached to direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel, which is being made by Warner Bros. and CBS Films. He tells THR that he’s writing a part specifically for Wolff, making this the third project the duo will have worked on together.
The Stand has cycled through several directors over the years, with Scott Cooper most recently on board to direct (as well as write) before leaving the project in November. Before that, Ben Affleck and David Yates were attached as directors.
The Stand, which is being produced by Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee, is a story of good versus evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones as the Trashcan Man and Mother Abigail) and overlapping storylines running over many years as it tells of a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.
King, who now has a strong relationship with Boone after a receiving a moving letter from him at 12 years old, recently also gave Boone permission to adapt Lisey’s Story.
Prior to TFIOS with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, Boone first cast Wolff in his 2012 directorial debut, indie dramedy Stuck in Love, which also featured Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Kristen Bell and Logan Lerman (plus a cameo by King).
“He’s a wonderful improviser, he’s my secret weapon, my lucky rabbit’s foot,” Boone told THR. “Two or three of the biggest laughs in my first movie, he improvised. He’s gonna be in every movie I make.” The director said he was first introduced to Wolff by Stuck in Love‘s Liana Liberato, and also praised his performance in Palo Alto as “terrifying … I really enjoyed it.”
Wolff told THR of meeting the director three years ago: “We just immediately bonded; it was just love at first sight. We started arguing about movies we disagreed on, and we have a shorthand together now. I don’t like somebody who just talks my ear off anyway, so I like that we have that relationship.”
Wolff currently stars in Gia Coppola‘s directorial debut Palo Alto, and is slated to lead Fox 2000’s next John Green book adaptation, Paper Towns, which will be adapted by TFIOS screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. He is represented by CAA and Untitled Ent.
Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters June 6. He is repped by CAA.
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