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A Field Guide To John Green's Next Big Movie Adaptation

With the success of The Fault in Our Stars, Hollywood is obsessed with author John Green. First it was announced that Green’s Paper Towns will be getting the movie treatment (and starring The Fault in Our Stars’ Nat Wolff!). Now Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, is also getting its own film. Nerdfighters, rejoice! For those who haven’t read Green’s debut novel, it centers around Miles “Pudge” Halter and Alaska Young, two boarding school kids who turn each other’s lives upside down. Here’s a die-hard fan’s guide to the award-winning YA novel and its upcoming adaptation.

The movie is being directed by Sarah Polley.


Polley has directed films like Take This Waltz and Away from Her, but you might recognize her from one of her acting gigs in Dawn of the Dead or John Adams (or super old school, the ’80s Ramona series).

The book won the Printz Award.


Green won the prestigious young adult novel award with his first book, and his second book, An Abundance of Katherines, was a Printz honor selection.

Its protagonist, Miles, is really into famous last words.

He’s really into poet Francois Rabelias’ final words, “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” It’s the quote you’ll see most often in Looking for Alaska fan art.

The book is still on the New York Times bestseller list.


Though the book was released almost ten years ago, it’s back on the bestseller list along with The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. 

Green is fully behind the film and its director.


John tweeted his support for Polley as soon as the director was announced.

And now for the dream casting. . .

While the cast has yet to be confirmed for the film, here’s who we’d hire to play Looking For Alaska’s main characters.

Dylan O’Brien as Miles


He’s already perfected his pining face on Teen Wolf.

Anna Sophia Robb as Alaska


There are at least ten young adult stars who could play a beautiful blonde, but Alaska doesn’t get Miles to fall for her just because she’s pretty, she wins his heart because she’s daring and exciting, an aura Robb perfected in Soul Surfer.

Josh Hutcherson as The Colonel


He wouldn’t be the first star to shift from a YA fantasy franchise to a John Green adaptation (Shailene Woodley was Hazel Grace between Divergent films). And he’s got the petite thing going for him.

Vanessa Marano as Lara 


Equal parts awkward and fierce.

John Green as The Eagle


The author had his cameo cut from The Fault in Our Stars, and though he says because of his lack of acting ability the omission is for the best, nerdfighters would put up with any kind of performance from him, especially as the high school principal.

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