It's still unclear what the plan is for the "Divergent" series, which is being downgraded from a big-budget film property to a smaller television production for its final outing, "Ascendant." While studio Lionsgate insists that the change is a good thing for the property -- and could potentially lead to a companion television series to continue telling the "Divergent" story -- its stars are less certain, and now the face of the franchise has effectively quashed any hope that she'll star in this new version of the flick.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Shailene Woodley -- who plays protagonist Tris in the series -- was asked about the future of "Divergent," and whether or not she planned on making the transition to television along with the franchise. While Woodley had previously said that she didn't know much about the plan and wanted to wait to comment until she found out some more information, her remarks to Screen Rant indicate that she's finally made up her mind -- and it's not looking good.
"Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn't sign up to be in a television show," Woodley told the site. "Out of respect to the studio and everyone involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I'm not necessarily interested in doing a television show."
That's about the nicest way possible the actress could say, "Thanks, but no thanks" to the move to TV. And it's hard to blame her, since Woodley already put in her time on television (as the star of ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager") before transitioning into movie roles. What's also interesting is that Woodley hinted that the "Ascendant" movie wouldn't be happening, but would rather just become a series instead. We're not sure if that's Lionsgate's new official plan, but without its lead actress, the studio is going to have to scramble to find someone else to fill Tris's shoes either way.
It seems the drama is only just getting started with this project. Stay tuned.
[via: Screen Rant]
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Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a futuristic world in which society is divided into five factions. As each person enters adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for life. Tris chooses Dauntless -- those who pursue bravery above all else. However, her initiation leads to the discovery that she is a Divergent and will never be able to fit into just one faction. Warned that she must conceal her status, Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens everyone she loves. Read More