When news broke yesterday of Cara Delevingne‘s new gig—a lead role in the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns—it was just another reason to applaud the bushy-browed beauty for stepping off of the catwalk and on to the silver screen. But, is the verdict still out on how promising of a movie star she’ll be?!
Though she has six films slated for release through 2015, we’ve seen her act in limited capacities: first for a small role in 2012’s Anna Karenina, and later in 2014’s The Face of an Angel, a thriller based on the real-life trial of Amanda Knox and described as “not simple to decipher” at best.
The task won’t be any easier for Paper Towns. She’ll star as Margo Roth Spiegelman opposite Nat Wolff, who tasted success as Isaac in the wildly-popular adaptation of Green’s bestselling The Fault in Our Stars. The tale centers around their adolescent connection, built over “the jarring experience of finding the body of a man who committed suicide,” years before reuniting to “get revenge on the people who’ve hurt” Margo. According to Green, we need not worry about Delevingne’s ability to convincingly pull it all off.
“Cara Delevigne’s [sic] audition blew everyone away (including me!),” he shared on Twitter, before admitting he should learn to spell her surname. “And she understands Margo profoundly. I am so excited!” The film’s director, Jake Schreier agrees, calling Delevingne’s audition “something special.”
As for how it will fare in theaters, let’s consider the adaptation of Green’s Fault in our Stars. It made more than $299 million at the box office on a $12 million budget—talk about a forecast. As for Delevingne, this is probably the project she needs to cement her A-list status. Move over, Jennifer Lawrence—there’s a new YA starlet in town.