There's still no news on just when studio Lionsgate plans to introduce its "Divergent" TV series, after the franchise failed on the big screen. But now, it's officially going to have to find a new star: Shailene Woodley has finally confirmed that she's definitely done with the series.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Woodley was asked about the plan to turn the franchise into a TV movie and accompanying TV series, and the actress said she would not be taking part in the project.
"No," she told VF. "I'm not going to be on the television show."
While Woodley had never officially said she would be bailing on the series -- which was due to release its final installment, "Ascendant," in June 2017 before being cancelled entirely last year due to the franchise's poor box office performance -- she didn't seem too eager to move to TV. In an interview conducted back in September, Woodley noted, "I'm not necessarily interested in doing a television show," adding that she "didn't sign up" for such a plan.
When Lionsgate last commented on the move, it was optimistic that the television plan would be a positive change. Now that its leading lady has officially dropped out -- and it seems unlikely that other stars from the films will move to the small screen, either -- it remains to be seen if and how the studio will move forward with its retooling of the series.
Lionsgate is likely looking to fellow YA franchise "The Mortal Instruments" as a guide, since that series also cancelled its big screen plans following an underwhelming film outing, and later debuted instead on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) as the "Shadowhunters" series. Stay tuned to see if "Divergent" will have a similar fate -- or will be fated to die out entirely.
[via: Vanity Fair]