If you haven't heard by now, John Green's best selling novel "Looking for Alaska", is being adapted for the big screen. On June 25th, the project moved forward by finding its director.
Despite Paramount holding on to the rights since 2005, ten years later Rebecca Thomas has been tapped to direct the adaptation of "Looking For Alaska". While Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber who also adapted "The Fault in Our Stars", will pen the script.
Casting also was announced later that day which got Twitter users very excited
While some were suggesting actresses and actors that had been in previous John Green adaptations, other fans were wondering, "when would they see a woman of color hit the big screen?" One fan in particular was highly interested in seeing this happen.
The movement, sparked by Twitter user Mariah or known by her handle "MixMalikMarvel", kicked it off with one simple tweet to John Green with the hashtag #WOCforAlaskaYoung
As luck would have it, John Green replied back echoing her sentiments
With that tweet, fans quickly got started on pushing the #WOCForAlaskaYoung campaign even further
The movement has also caught the eye of African-American actress Kiersey Clemons (starred in Dope and short lived MTV series Eye Candy) who retweeted a few tweets in support of her as the role of Alaska
Actress Imani Hakim best known from her role as Tasha in Everybody Hates Chris has also shown her support for the movement
New Zealand singer Lorde has retweeted and favorited her support of Amandla Stenberg playing Alaska
20 year old Burberry model Neelam Gill has tweeted multiple times about her interest in the role as well
When asked why she began the movement, what her reaction was to John Green replying, and what she hopes to achieve with the movement, Mariah told me
"The lack of diversity in Hollywood and myself as a mixed girl, love to see diversity and "Looking for Alaska" is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. So a woman of color to be a lead in the movie adaptation would mean so much to me since we rarely see a woman of color in lead roles. Especially when it comes to romance, it's like Hollywood is afraid to cast a white boy and black, Latina, etc. girl as a love interest".
"I was shaking when he (Green) replied to me. It means a lot to me that he sees the lack of diversity in his books and that he suggested to the people in charge of the movie to have a woman of color play Alaska Young. Hopefully they will go through with it."
"I'm shocked at how far this movement has come and I think we can make it bigger. What I would like to see come out of this is people seeing that there is a lack of diversity in Hollywood. If we continue making this movement big and tweeting it to celebrities and directors, they will try and change it."