7 YA Books Coming to the Big Screen This Year
2015 will be a big year for movies, with some of the most highly anticipated book-to-film adaptations set to hit theaters. Here are seven popular YA novels that are headed to the big screen over the next year.
1. The Seventh Son
Based on Joseph Delaney’s book The Last Apprentice (the first in the series The Wardstone Chronicles), the film will follow the story of Thomas Ward, a seventh son of a seventh son who has the ability to see ghosts and other supernatural beings. He experiences a series of adventures after becoming the apprentice of a cloaked man named John Gregory, also known as the Spook. The film will be directed by Sergei Bodrov and will star Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, and Julianne Moore. It will be released on February 6.
2. The Duff
Mae Whitman, Robbie Arnell, and Bella Thorne star in this upcoming comedy, based on the novel of the same name by Kody Keplinger. The story follows a high school senior (Whitman) who, after learning that her judgmental classmates have assigned her the insulting label of the DUFF (a designated ugly fat friend), sets out to reinvent herself and turn the entire student body’s social order on its head. Directed by Ari Sande, the movie also co-stars Bianca A. Santos, Alison Janney, Ken Jeong, and Skyler Samuels. The film is expected to hit theaters on February 20.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James will return to their respective roles of Tris and Four in this followup to 2014’s Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling dystopian series. In the followup, the two characters, along with Tris’s brother Caleb (Ansel Elsgort); enemy and fellow Dauntless member Peter (Miles Teller); and Four’s father, Marcus (Ray Stevenson), seek refuge from the corrupt Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet). As Tris continues to fight against the powerful alliance threatening to tear her society apart, she also grieves over the loss of her parents and is forced to figure out what secrets they were protecting before their deaths. The sequel is scheduled for release on March 20.
4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The sequel to 2014’s Maze Runner follows the Gladers after they have finally escaped the Maze. Now, they face a whole new set of challenges while on the open roads of a world ravaged by solar flares and disease. Director Wes Ball will once again helm the film. Meanwhile, star Dylan O’ Brien will reprise his role as protagonist Thomas and other original cast members, including Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Ki Hong Lee, will also be returning. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is scheduled to hit theaters on September 18.
5. Mockingjay – Part 2
The second and final part to the Hunger Games adaptation will follow Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as she embodies the symbol of the Mockingjay and leads District 13, as well as the rest of the rebels, in an all-out revolution against the Capitol. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, and Donald Sutherland co-star in the highly anticipated forthcoming sequel, helmed by Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1 director Francis Lawrence. The movie will hit heaters on November 20.
6. Paper Towns
Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne will star in the big-screen adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel of the same name. The story follows Quentin, an Orlando teenager who has had a crush on the mysterious, cool girl next door, Margo, since they were both kids. One day, Margo recruits Quentin to help her with an all-night rampage of revenge pranks on people who have slighted her in the past. The next day, she suddenly disappears, leaving Quentin a series of clues that he must solve in an effort to try and find her. Directed by Jake Schreier, the movie is scheduled to hit theaters on July 31.
7. The Fallen
Based on Lauren Kate’s 2009 fantasy romance novel of the same name, the film adaptation stars Addison Timlin as Lucinda “Luce” Price, who is sent to a reform academy after she is suspected of killing a boy. Once there, she meets two mysterious boys, Cam and Daniel (played by Harrison Gilbertson and Jeremy Irvin, respectively), and a love triangle unfurls and things take a dark turn — especially after Lucinda uncovers Daniel’s true identity. Joely Richardson and Alisha Heng also co-star. The movie is expected to hit theaters in 2015, although an exact release date has not yet been scheduled.