Who Should Play “Fault in our Stars”‘ Hazel Grace? Our Top 5 Picks

Hailee Steinfeld


Hailee Steinfeld was mesmerizing opposite Jeff Bridges in True Grit. Steinfeld’s performance was good enough to earn her an Oscar nom, prestigious for a 14 year old. In True Grit her character, Mattie Ross, elicits the help of the “meanest” US Marshall she can find and tramps across the desert in search of her father’s murderer. Steinfeld played this role with a strength and conviction that was shocking for someone so young. Strength and conviction are two qualities Hazel should definitely possess, making now 16 year old Steinfeld an excellent pick for the role.

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  • V

    I think Emily Browning is kinda what I pictured Hazel to look like.

    • http://twitter.com/melissaanelli Melissa Anelli

      hit us up with a link :)

    • http://twitter.com/melissaanelli Melissa Anelli

      get thee to getting us a link! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.nucinkis Laura Nucinkis

    Wow, I’m in love with the idea of Mary Kate for Hazel! I hadn’t considered her, but now that you mention it it seems really obvious. Such a good actress, and perfect for the part.

  • emily

    Saoirse Ronan.

  • Colette

    Yes! Mary Kate would be awesome!!! :)

  • rk

    Mary Kate Wiles. No question.

    • jar

      I personally think Mary Kate is too old for the role.

  • Rebecca

    I love Abigail Breslin and Mary Kate Wiles! Either would play the part brilliantly!

  • http://twitter.com/BooksAndFlicks Sarah

    as much as I love Mary Kate I’m rooting for Elle Fanning

  • Trisha


    • http://twitter.com/melissaanelli Melissa Anelli

      LaLo! I would love that so.

  • http://twitter.com/holahuracan Hola Uruapan

    Elle Fanning or Abigail Breslin

  • Mia

    Mary Kate!! I know I’m biased because I love her, but she would actually make a great Hazel.

  • mallory

    Mary Kate would be amazing!

  • Beck

    Oh my gosh, although I have trouble picturing any Hazel other than the one in my head, I think I would be fine with any of those girls except for Elle Fanning or MK Wiles…please God, no! I’m sure Elle is lovely, but she just doesn’t have the face, attitude, or quirkiness needed for a dazzling performance as Hazel Grace. Mary Kate, on the other hand…yeah, she’s a fabulous Lydia for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but she’s not Hazel. At all. I would die. Pleaaaaseee God NOOOOO.

    • http://twitter.com/firewordsparklr Nirali

      You should watch MK Wiles on Squaresville. Your opinion just might change.

      • http://twitter.com/JaqAvery Jacqueline Avery

        Or in the trailers for Dreamworld and the Sound in the Shadow. She’s very versatile.

      • Beck

        I’ve watched every episode of Squaresville…and LBD, and the Lydia Bennet…I’ve even seen her episode of The Middle…haha. And I have her on twitter and tumblr…there’s no doubt that she’s a wonderful actress, and I’m well acquainted with her ability to be versatile…but she’s NOT Hazel to me, and never will be. xxx :)

  • AO

    Mary Kate!!! Absolutely!

  • Sadie

    Oh God, some of these actresses would make Nerdfighters around the world curse this movie. They’re great, but they are NOT Hazel Grace!!! Elle Fanning?? Really?? I personally think Hailee Steinfeld has the looks, but Mary Kate Wiles has the right personality and acting style to play Hazel.

    • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

      We’re always open to more suggestions :)

  • Tess

    I feel like Abigail Breslin & Mary Kate Wiles both have the kind of look that I would personally like to see for Hazel Grace, but, with complete respect for both of them, I’m not sure they could pull her off.

  • EJ

    I sorta like the idea of Hailee Steinfeld. And while I love MK, I still think she’s a bit too old? I don’t know. Even on Squaresville I can see that she’s not really a teenager.

    • http://twitter.com/firewordsparklr Nirali

      Well, on LBD, a lot of people thought she was playing a high schooler until they came out and said she was 21.

  • Jessi

    MK Wiles would be perfect for it. Her acting is amazing and she just really deserves it

  • http://twitter.com/techni_moments Technicolor Moments

    I would love to see Kaya Scodelario, if she could drop her accent.


    MK all the way!

  • Kathryn

    woah weird! I clicked on this cause mary kate linked it but morgan saylor goes to my school!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hawklawson Jessica Lawson

    I LOVE THIS IDEA! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. I’m obsessed with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and she is just such an awesome person on top of it all.

  • MortimerBooks

    Elle Fanning, def Elle Fanning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646371872 Elizabeth Lee Hammons

    I really want Mary Kate Wiles or Mae Whitman. Either one, Preferably MKW.

    • http://twitter.com/JaqAvery Jacqueline Avery

      I can totally see Mae Whitman as Hazel, now that you mention it.

    • http://twitter.com/accionadine Nadine

      OMG YES! Mae would be perfect!

  • http://twitter.com/alexa_link Alexa Link

    Mary Kate for sure! That would be so exciting!

  • Laura

    Remember when hypable did this before…months ago…come on leaky http://www.hypable.com/2012/11/19/the-fault-in-our-stars-casting-who-should-play-hazel/

    • http://twitter.com/Leah617 Leah Cornish

      There’s plenty of fish in the sea… er… websites on the internet to play the same game. Once the director is announced and casting begins in earnest I’m sure there will be plenty more entertainment sites making their guesses. It’s not a competition – we love Hypable! The MTV interview got us all talking about our casting ideas today, and so we put it in post format. There’s no expiration date on having a fun discussion.

      • Liderc

        Agreed. But it looks like some of the pics were used from the older article and they also did 5 choices. But you’re right as for there not being an expiration date on having a fun discussion.

        • http://leakynews.com LeakyNews

          It’s no great mystery in that finding pictures you hit up google. The first hit of a nice headshot is usually what ends up in an article, and this is no difference. Also the number five is pretty unoriginal, as is the concept of casting article. No one – neither site discussing it – has done that first. EW does it all the time. So does, you know, everyone. In their heads. it’s really not a thing.

  • http://twitter.com/firewordsparklr Nirali

    Rooting for MK (love her so much!) but I think if the producers are going for actors with big screen experience, they should go for Elle Fanning. I do think MK would be perfect, considering how Zelda and Hazel are somewhat similar, and we know she can pull of a dynamic role because of Lydia.

  • lexafunderburg

    While Mary Kate would be AMAZING, I feel like Abigail Breslin would also fit fantastically.

  • pallendrome

    MK’s cool, but much too old.

  • http://www.twitter.com/LaurPitman Laur(en) Pitman

    I am in love with the idea of Abigail Breslin!
    But I always thought Maisy Williams from Game of Thrones looks the most like The Hazel in my head. If she could pull off an American accent!

    • http://twitter.com/JaqAvery Jacqueline Avery

      I’m sure she can! Most actors worth their salt are capable of learning accents.

  • http://twitter.com/JaqAvery Jacqueline Avery

    I’m so so glad you included Mary-Kate on this list. Since I know I won’t get to play Hazel, Mary-Kate is my second choice :P I’ve never thought about Abigail Breslin for the role, but now that the seed is in my mind I’m hoping for her if it has to be somebody already cemented in Hollywood.

  • KC

    I like Hailee Steinfeld, or I was picturing Chloe Grace Moretz, she’s super hot right now.

    I agree that MK might be a bit too old.

  • anon

    MK all the way!

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  • http://twitter.com/accionadine Nadine

    Hailee Steinfeld without a doubt. A face not many people actually associate with a movie in particular since I assume that most people have not seen True Grit. I have and she blew away, absolutely amazing actress and earned that Oscar nom. She has dark hair and a bpretty face and I can SO picture her as Hazel. The rest of them just don’t really seem right to me except Abigail Breslin. I LOVE her but I feel like she has been in too many movies that I have seen and I would be scared that seeing her would remind me too much of the other characters I’ve seen her play.
    Elle Fanning is gorgeous and flawless and an amazing actress but she just doesn’t look like Hazel to me :/

    • Beck

      I agree with you!

  • Jacey

    Mae Whitman.

  • http://twitter.com/19yearslater Sarah Moe

    I didn’t have anyone in my head for Hazel but seeing Abigail I’d really love her to have the part.

  • Kix

    ABIGAIL BRESLIN would be really good i think! Out of all of them she is most like what i imagined hazel to be like.

  • Ivy

    MKW FTW! Wouldn’t it be cool if she knew the author of TFiOS, or worked with someone who did?

    • IR591620

      She works directly under John’s brother, Hank.

  • Austin

    I mean, these are great, and as much as I’d love to see Elle and especially Mary Kate take on Hazel, I gotta go with John’s preferred dream Hazel (not just because she’s an acquaintance), Mae Whitman.

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  • ThisThingIDo

    i love mary kate wiles in LBD and squaresville, but i don’t think she’d fit the role of hazel very well. she’s amazing and lovely, but entirely wrong for this particular role.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amelia.schwartz.1 Amelia Schwartz

    Oh! I so wish Abigail Breslin didn’t waste her cancer movie on my sisters keeper! She could have been a great hazel

  • Lucy

    I would like to see Brie Larson or Britt Robertson play Hazel.

  • SilentCrescendo

    MK. Without a doubt. Definitely. She’s the greatest. I LOVE HER. :’)



  • Rosemarie

    i feel like they’re all too young with the exception of Mary Kate Wiles.

    She’s who I pictured Hazel as.

  • Mary

    Abigail Breslin or AnnaSophia Robb would be the best choices for the charater Hazel Grace they are both strong young actors capable of playing this leading role and agreeable with the discription created by the author.

  • Karen Turner

    It has obviously already been cast, but I think it should’ve been Taissa Farmiga. That’s who I pictured the whole time I was reading the book.

  • Shannon

    OBVIOUSLY some of have not read any of the damn books. Sorry I just got mad when I saw Elle Fanning. And those girls even though some are the same age as me look as if they are like 13 or 14 or whatever. Too young! Hazel is supposed very pretty and have a resemblance to Natalie Portman! I have the book right in my hands people!! Bought a Barnes and Nobles! Please choose someone who fits the bill none of these little ladies do. Although age gap is annoying please choose someone older than Hazel as a nominee because for some reason the girls in their 20s in Hollywood look like they are stuck in their teens years. And girls who are in their teens look like pre-teens. Sorry for rambling but this was just dreadful and ANNOYING.

    • Shannon

      Yeah, I meant book not books for those of you who are constant grammar correctors though we all know there is one book.

  • anne

    after a year this has been published… sad to say the one who’ll play hazel grace isn’t in here lol