Wednesday, May 2, 2012

You Oughta Be in Pictures: Will Grayson Squared

If ever there was a book character who needed to be on the big screen, it's Tiny Cooper. Pat's got this one covered:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

OK, so Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the book I'd most like to see made into a movie--even more than Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines, my other favorite John Green books.  (Not even gonna talk about making a movie from The Fault in Our Stars--it's way too soon and I'm still recovering from reading that brilliant book).

But here's where I need some help.  I'm pretty good on the current world of YA lit, but not so much on who's hot and who's not in the teen and 20-something movie universe.

Who should play Will Grayson?  This Will has been Tiny's (more on that in a moment) best friend since the 5th grade.  This Will is steady and pragmatic and low key and just mostly wants to stay under the radar.

And who should play the other Will Grayson?  The Will who is depressed, angry,  stressed, and really wanting a boyfriend.  And Jane--the smart, beautiful girl Tiny is trying to set up with not-gay Will?  Who plays Jane?

And most important, who plays the irrepressible, magically wonderful, larger than life Tiny Cooper?  Who can pull off playing the wonderfully named Tiny Cooper, "either the world's largest person who is really, really gay or the world's gayest person who is really, really large." This role is critical.  Whoever plays Tiny has to be able to sing, dance, and generally be fabulous.   Help me out here, please.

A Nerdfighter fan made an awesome almost 4 minute long YouTube movie trailer for Will Grayson, Will Grayson that John Green put up on his Tumblr.  You can also watch it right here .  It's really pretty good, but I keep thinking about who should play those roles in the real movie.  Take a look.  And give us your suggestions on who should star in Will Grayson, Will Grayson: The Movie.

(note on the trailer: Please note it features language directly from the book which is for the older teen reader)

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