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Everything We Know About the ‘Looking for Alaska’ Adaptation

Looking for Alaska had been stuck in development hell for thirteen years, meaning that the novel’s film option is now old enough to enter the YA section and purchase its cult-classic source material.

The novel rings true to its audience in part because it was based on John Green‘s own experiences in boarding school. It’s hard to imagine the quirky, paternal Green as a teen nightmare, but, apparently, Green was a chain-smoking hellion who did almost no work that had nothing to do with elaborate pranks he and his friends were notorious for pulling (and pulling off, might I add). Looking for Alaska fans will recall Miles’ cohort’s attempts to honor Alaska by hiring a stripper to give a graduation speech—John Green recalls it because it was something he actually did. Though Green’s career reached new heights (and our emotions, tbh, reached new lows) with the release of The Fault in Our StarsLooking for Alaska won readers’ hearts as much as it stepped all over them. Human, funny, and devastating (arguably what being human means), the novel was sure to last for years to come. And it has.


'Looking for Alaska' Quote art ft. cigarettes: "What you have to understand about me is I am a deeply unhappy person."

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Looking for Alaska had been optioned for the big screen shortly after its publication, but interest began even before. The O.C.‘s Josh Schwartz, the youngest series creator of all time, felt the manuscript’s pull while it was still a draft. For years the novel adaptation languished in its purgatorial state, likely because of the challenge inherent in squeezing a cult-classic novel into a two-hour film. The solution? An eight-part series produced by Paramount Television and Fake Empire Productions. Schwartz wrote the pilot, and, when he approached Green with the idea of a serial, he saw how much ~green~ it would make him. Also, we can assume he felt it would be an effective way to tell the story. We do, too!

(Oh, and Josh Scwartz also developed the CW’s Gossip Girl. So you can bet this series will be something to talk about.)

After the announcement, Green hosted a Reddit AMA in which he answered all of your unanswered questions: no, he is not interested in a second season. Anyone who has read the book will probably understand why the story won’t extend beyond its established plot. Green has also said that, while he himself will take a backseat in the series’ production, he does personally approve of the pilot.


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In October, fans got more news: Sierra Burgess is a Loser actress Kristine Froseth will star as Alaska, and Charlie Plummer will star as Miles. John Green subsequently released details of his phone call with both:

I spoke to Kristine and Charlie on the phone yesterday and it was really special to have a conversation with the people who will become Miles and Alaska. I’m so grateful to them and to everyone involved with the Looking for Alaska series. It’s all starting to feel very real!




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The series feeling very real is definitely better than it feeling dubiously real, which is what fans feared when news wasn’t forthcoming over the summer. Looking for Alaska fans had been teased like this before—a 2014 movie announcement came attached with all the trappings of a ‘real deal:’ a director, an overload of hype. That didn’t pan out. But, as more Hulu adaptation news has become available throughout the winter, it seems apparent that this will.

Casting news continued into the Spring of 2019. In March, Empire actor Denny Love was cast as Chip Martin, Pudge’s college roommate better known as ‘The Colonel.’ As a poorer student, The Colonel lambasts the wealthy elite at Culver Creek, a school that, for all his shenanigans, he has worked very hard to attend. Whereas Miles has a fascination with famous people’s last words, The Colonel memorizes international capital cities to an uncanny degree of accuracy. Love shared with local news outlet Madison 365 that he felt a personal connection with the character—one which we’re sure will bring depth to his portrayal:

I read the first episode, and I remember telling my girl, ‘I think I just found my show.’ And she was like, ‘What? Really? What is it called?’ And I was like, ‘It’s called Looking for Alaska.’ And she was like, ‘Oh my God, I love that book.’ And I said, ‘Wait, wait, what? It’s a book?’ And she’s like, ‘Yes, I love that book. I read it when I was in high school.’ So I immediately went to Barnes and Noble, and I read the book in less than a day…  and I thought to myself, ‘This is mine. This is it. This character is me.’




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In the last week of March, we also learned that Riverdale‘s Jordan Connor was cast as Kevin, a ‘Weekday Warrior.’ This critical epithet is The Colonel’s invention, a term he coined to put down students who leave the rural Alabama campus and go back to their wealthy suburbs for the weekends. Deadline recently announced Miles Halter’s full cast of classmates: Lara (Sofia Vassilieva), a Romanian student with feelings for Miles; Takumi (Jay Lee), a dastardly prankster; and Longwell—a vicious (if uncharacteristically intelligent—Weekday Warrior (Uriah Shelton). It seems like the cast will be as lovable as the characters they portray.



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Will the adaptation be as perfect as we’ve hoped? We don’t know. In fact, there’s actually NO WAY of knowing, a thought which will sponsor all of our anxieties leading up to the eventual release. Are we excited? YES. Are we nervous? HELL YES. But we and John Green have both of those things in common.

Green acknowledges that, even with his support, it’s possible the adaptation will not go exactly he planned. That’s the point, he stresses. It’s not his plan at all. While Green’s writing has been the starting point for several ongoing adaptations, these adaptations are new stories with distinct creative visions. So he isn’t concerned that the adaptation will be unlike the book; he’s afraid one could be against the intention of the book:

Do I ever worry an adaptation will go completely against what I was trying to get across? Yes, of course—and that’s especially challenging here, because I was trying to write in Alaska about the way that Pudge’s romanticization of Alaska was so horrifically destructive and I wanted the story to be about the dangers of idealization/romanticization of those you claim to love, but it’s easy to fall instead into the standard story of a boy learning lessons from an enigmatic girl. (Basically, I never wanted it to be a story of Pudge learning important lessons from Alaska. I wanted it to be a story of Pudge having to grapple with his real negligence toward his friend and its real consequences.)

I don’t know if the show will accomplish that—I don’t even know if the book accomplished it.

But let’s not forget: Green read the pilot and approves! Thankfully, that means we can assume the scenario described above is more of a hypothetical. And, speaking of, I’ll hypothetically be starting that Hulu free trial I’ve been hoarding the second this series drops.


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The Final Member of the Losers Club Has *Finally* Been Announced, and It’s… the Old Spice Guy?

The final member of the Losers Club has been announced and we could not be more excited. Also well known as The Old Spice Guy, Isaiah Mustafa just wrapped up the television adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments will now play adult Mike in It: Chapter Two.



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IT: Chapter Two will follow Mike alongside the other members of the Loser Club including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Andy Bean, and James Ransone as they return to Derry, Maine to deal with the return of Pennywise. 


Chosen Jacobs, who plays young Mike, shared the news of the casting on his Instagram sharing a picture of Mustafa with the caption, “You’re one of us now.” 



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Production of IT is slated to begin this summer with the film hitting theaters later this year in September.


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Sabrina Reboot Casts Harvey Kinkle and He Looks… Exactly Like Sabrina?

So we’re all excited for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix’s ‘dark’ reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which is set to star Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka in the titular role.  They’ve been steadily beefing up their cast over the past few months, with actors chosen for the roles of The Office’s Lucy Davis as Aunt Hilda, Lord of the Ring’s Miranda Otto as Aunt Zelda, Salem (he’s a real cat as opposed to a strange puppet thing) and now Harvey. But there’s something funny about Ross Lynch, and not because the only thing anyone in the office can remember him from is Austin and Ally. 


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Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it: HE LOOKS LIKE KIERNAN SHIPKA. Observe: 


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Image Via The New Potato and The New York Times 


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Image Via Flipagram and The Daily Beast


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Image Via The Sun and Teen Vogue


So they’re not, like, identical, but they are very, very similar. If someone told me, hey, they’re brother and sister, my response would be decidedly un-surprised. But they’re not siblings. They are two unrelated actors who will play love interests. I know there is a strange phenomenon whereby sometimes couple grow to look alike when they’ve been together a long time, but l somehow doubt the producers are preempting this.


Anyway, there’s your new Harvey Kinkle. I have to say, my loyalties (by which I mean my whole heart and all the love I have to give) lie with the original, Nate Richards. LOOK AT HIM. 


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Turns out the Narnia Kids Had Pretty Interesting Lives

Chris recently wrote an article of quotes from The Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, and it got me thinking about the Narnia movies, and how well cast they were. So I did a little digging. Turns out the cast were a pretty interesting bunch. 


Skandar Keynes


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Let’s start with Skandar Keynes, who played brat-turned-reasonable human boy Edmund, the third of the Pevensie children and the one who falls under the spell of the White Witch. In fairness, I would also fall for anyone who gave me that much Turkish delight.


Turns out Skandar is the great-great-great grandson of none other than Charles Darwin. Keynes’ father Randall Keynes wrote a book entitled Annie’s BoxDarwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution, which dealt with the effect that Darwin’s daughter’s death had on the scientist. The 2009 film Creation was based on this book. Skandar retired from acting to attend Cambridge, and is now political adviser to Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who happens to be Emily Blunt’s uncle. What. 


Anna Popplewell


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Next is Anna Popplewell, who played second-oldest Pevensie child Susan. Popplewell also has interesting family connections, though somewhat less dramatic than Keynes. Popplewell’s younger sister, Lulu, is best known for her role as Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s daughter Daisy in the festive classic Love, Actually. She is best remembered for this exchange, in which she explains her upcoming role in the school nativity play:


LULU: “I’m first lobster!”

EMMA THOMPSON: “First lobster? There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?”


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Their brother Freddie Popplewell starred as Michael Darling, the smallest Darling child in the live-action film Peter Pan. I told my sister that these three memorable children were related and she said she felt ashamed that we hadn’t noticed this before, since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Love, Actually and Peter Pan are family favorites. Now, after looking up all the Popplewell children, I see they do look very alike. I too feel ashamed, but still. Life goes on. 


William Moseley


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Oldest and most self-righteous Pevensie child Peter was depicted by William Moseley who won the role after the casting director remembered him from an unsuccessful audition years previously. Moseley is currently in a relationship with Kelsey Asbille Chow, better known as Gigi Silveri from One Tree Hill. Moseley played Prince Liam on E!’s The Royals, a show which also featured Noah Huntley as Elizabeth Hurley’s lover. Huntley played the adult version of Peter in the Narnia films. Funny old world.


Georgie Henley


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And finally, adorable youngest child Lucy was portrayed by Georgie Henley. Henley later starred in a movie called Perfect Sisters, alongside Abigail Breslin. This film is about a very strange 2003 Canadian crime, involving two sisters, who, tired of their mother spending the family money on alcohol while the girls went without, decided to kill her. They successfully went through with their plan and were only caught because they confessed to the crime to some friends. They served nine and ten years in prison, respectively, but because they were only fourteen and fifteen at the time of the crime, their names were never released and their identities will remain a secret forever. Both girls are now free. The film received criticism for its depiction of the girls as sympathetic characters.


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Meryl Streep to Star in ‘Big Little Lies’ Season Two!

**This article contains Big Little Lies spoilers**









So, yeah, you read the headline. Meryl Streep will star in the second season of Big Little Lies on HBO, The Hollywood Reporter reports. She’ll be playing Mary Louise Wright, who is the mother-in-law of Nicole Kidman’s character.


At the end of the first season (which was based on Liane Moriarty’s book), Perry Wright (played by Alexander Skarsgard) was revealed to be the murder victim at the center of the mystery. It made sense and was somewhat vindicating since he was essentially a monster. Now Meryl Streep is playing his mother, who’s concerned for her grandchildren. Kidman’s character cannot catch a break.


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The first season was based on the book, and the second will be based on a story written by Moriarty, though the scripts were all written by showrunner David E. Kelley. So far only Streep, Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon are 100% confirmed to return for the second season, but the rest of the cast is expected to return as well.


In a statement, HBO said the second season will take a look at the “malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode … the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”


Though there’s been no confirmation, Big Little Lies is expected to return in 2019.


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