We have some super exciting casting news, nerdfighters! Mike Birbiglia, American comedian, writer, actor, and director, has joined the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars! He will play Patrick, the leader of the support group for teens with cancer where Hazel and Augustus meet. John Green, the author of novel, announced the news on his Twitter account:
So excited to announce that one of my all-time favorite comedians/humans, Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs), will play Patrick in the TFiOS movie.
— John Green (@realjohngreen) August 28, 2013
The film is currently shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel, Ansel Elgort as Augustus, Nat Wolff as Isaac, Laura Dern as Frannie (Hazel’s mom), and Sam Trammell as Hazel’s dad. We’re waiting on who will play Peter Van Houten! What do you think of this casting news, everyone? Let us know in the comments! Check out the quote where Patrick is described (in somewhat depressing detail) by Hazel in the novel:
“So here’s how it went in God’s heart: The six or seven or ten of us walked/wheeled in, grazed at a decrepit selection of cookies and lemonade, sat down in the Circle of Trust, and listened to Patrick recount for the thousandth time his depressingly miserable life story-how he had cancer in his balls and they thought he was going to die but he didn’t die and now here he is, a full-grown adult in a church basement in the 137th nicest city in America, divorced, addicted to video games, mostly friendless, eking out a meager living by exploiting his cancertastic past, slowly working his way toward a master’s degree that will not improve his career prospects, waiting, as we all do, for the sword of Damocles to give him the relief that he escaped lo those many years ago when cancer took both of his nuts but spared what only the most generous soul would call his life. AND YOU TOO MIGHT BE SO LUCKY!” - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green