Although Shailene Woodley is the leading lady of Lionsgate’s “Divergent” film franchise, it seems no one a the studio bothered to inform her that the final installment, “The Divergent Series: Ascendant,” might not follow the first three movies to the big screen.
Word surfaced earlier this week that the final movie in the series based on Veronica Roth’s YA novels was being retooled as a television movie that would lead into a spinoff series featuring new characters. The decision came as a result of poor box office returns on “Allegiant, the third film in the series. It was unknown at the time whether the original cast would return.
Woodley addressed the news of a potential TV movie during a press conference for Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” at Comic-Con International in San Diego, as reported by Deadline. “Honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened and I landed, and I’m like ‘Whoa, what’s going on?!'”
While Woodley didn’t directly answer whether or not she will reprise her starring role as dystopian rebel leader Tris, she seems to at least be considering the possibility. “I need to talk and find out what the details are,” Woodley said. No other casting news has been released regarding the film’s final installment, or even where it will air. A good bet is premium cable channel Starz, which Lionsgate purchased in June and recently launched its own standalone streaming service. Lee Toland Krieger is still slated to be the director of “Ascendant.”
“Ascendant” was previously scheduled for theatrical release June 9, 2017 opposite Paramount’s “World War Z 2” and Universal’s “Mummy” reboot.
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