Adaptation News: Young Adult Novels Head To Hollywood

Earlier this week, author Lauren Oliver visited the RT blog to tell us a bit about the TV show based on her dystopian YA novel Delirium. We promised to return with news about the project and here it is: Daren Kagasoff has been cast as the heroine's love interest. Kagasoff, who most recently starred in The Secret Life of the American Teenager will be playing Alex, an undercover, uncured member of the resistance who finds himself in the middle of a forbidden romance with Lena, a teen scheduled to be "cured" of Amor Deliria Nervosa — aka love.

Daren Kagasoff

This show, which reveals the dark underside of a futuristic society that has outlawed love, will mark the television debut of actress Emma Roberts who will play Lena. And in a surprise casting move, Fox looked to its reality show So You Think You Can Dance for the actress to play Lena's friend. As Hana, Jeanine Mason, the winner of season 5 of SYTYCD will be making the same decision that Lena faces — will these teens choose to undergo the treatment that will "cure" them from feeling love.

Jeanine Mason

The creators of The Selection, another exciting upcoming TV show, have also been busy casting. The series, adapted from the YA novel by Kiera Cass, has chosen some relatively unknown actors to portray the leads. Israeli actress Yael Grobglas will play America Singer, the young woman living in a dystopian society who is picked to compete for a chance to win the hand of a handsome (and rich) prince.

Yael Grobglas

The much sought after Prince Maxon will be played by Michael Malarkey, an actor from the London theater scene.

Michael Malarkey

And coming between these two is another candidate vying for the prince's hand Celeste, played by Celia Massingham.

Celia Massingham

Moving from television to movies, the next in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, will be in theaters November 22nd, but Katniss and Peeta are already getting ready for their "Victory Tour".

Need a closer look? How about this:

Is it us, or does Katniss look more thoughtful than victorious?

In other movie news, the film adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel If I Stay has attracted a major star — Chloe Grace Moretz. She will be playing Mia, a young musician who gets into a car accident which kills her family. Trapped in a coma, Mia can "see" life go on around her, including her boyfriend Adam. Yet despite their connection she cannot decide whether to wake up or just slip away.

Chloe Grace Moretz

And a film project that has been flying a bit under the radar, but one that has us super excited, is the adaptation of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. First published in 2006, Zusak's novel spent 280 weeks on bestseller lists and found fans in adults and teens alike. This is a serious work, set in Nazi occupied Munich during World War II. The story's protagonist, Liesel Merninger, faces her pain and fear by losing herself in books that she steals. Releasing in January 2014, the movie will star young French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse along with Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush.  

Sophie Nelisse

Looking for more movie and TV news? Check out our monthly book adaptation wrap up here. And for more genre books, visit RT's Everything Young Adult Page.