With strong and notable character portrayals in his film resume, Wolff stars in the latest John Green book adaptation “Paper Towns.” In the very relatable coming of age movie, Wolff plays Quentin (known as Q) who has been smitten with his enigmatic next door neighbor Margo, played by Cara Delevingne, for as long as he can remember. Over the years they have drifted apart and barely talk to each other anymore. Now 17, about to leave high school and heading for college, Q still holds a torch for the beautiful Margo. Impetuous and adventurous, she is everything he is not. Q is serious, studious and romantic. Margo is a free spirit and lives in the moment.
The action gets underway when Margo cajoles Q into joining her on a night of hijinks she has planned, to get revenge on her cheating boyfriend. The pair set off on a crazy and thrilling joy ride around town, which involves a series of pranks. Q is enamored and at the end of the magical night of adventure, wonders whether this could be the start of a romance. But the next day Margo has vanished, leaving behind a series of clues as to her whereabouts.
It was on the set of Fault that executive producer Isaac Klausner approached Nat about taking the lead in Paper Towns. “When we were on set, Isaac said to me, with a mischievous look in his eyes, that I should read Paper Towns,” the young actor recalls. About six months later Wyck Godfrey offered me the role. Even before he finished his sentence, I said yes.”
Wolff says he was drawn to the story’s coming-of-age elements. “Q is a character who plays it safe, and is smart and focused,” he explains. “He makes a lot of plans. But beyond his friendship with [best pals] Radar and Ben, he avoids the rest of the world. But through his relationship with Margo and the road trip to find her, he learns to take chances and open up.”
Nat Wolff, who has become close friends with Green, elaborates on the author’s presence on the set. “It’s funny because John jokes that on location he just walks around and eats craft service. But in reality he sets the tone for the set because he has such a great sense of humor and is such a cheerleader for the actors. John is so passionate about the process of turning his books into films. It’s easy to imagine a novelist on set, and it being the worst experience in the world for him or her, ‘They’re ruining my book!’ or something like that. But John is always there right with us. He trusts us.”
A celebration on true friendship begins when “Paper Towns” opens July 22 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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