Shailene Woodley will not be around when a Divergent TV series hits the small screens. While the actress already hinted at this before, she now has a firmer response to the issue.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the actress expressed her certainty of not being involved with the planned TV movie. She told the source, “No. I’m not going to be on the television show.”
The poor performance of Allegiant in the box office prompted Lionsgate to re-consider the supposedly final installment of the Divergent films. Instead of releasing a film for the big screen, the studio thought of changing Ascendant into a TV movie. This in turn could launch a spin-off series.
When news broke about the change in the studio’s plans, Woodley and some of her co-stars expressed they won’t be part of the shift to TV. One of the contentions back then is that the contract of the movie’s stars specifically point to a film deal. However, Woodley was more vocal in saying that she did not sign up to be on a TV show.
What’s a Divergent TV Series Without Shailene Woodley?
With the actress out of the picture, the future of the Ascendant TV movie and the Divergent TV series is uncertain. It opens up a lot of questions about the direction of the narrative.
One possible outcome is for the studio to re-cast Tris Prior. Consequently, since majority of the cast won’t probably return, they would have to re-cast the other roles too.
However, this will be problematic if their goal is to continue the story of the first three films. They are better off pursuing a different story and set of characters.
MTV News also offers another possibility for Woodley’s absence. According to the source, the studio could kill Tris before the events of Ascendant. Hence, the TV movie could push through without Woodley as the main character.
This scenario is plausible since in Veronica Roth’s books, Tris actually dies. Nevertheless, the problem here is that the TV movie will have to retain the other cast members, which is unlikely without Woodley on board.
At this point, the future of the movie is uncertain. Aside from Woodley’s recent statement, no new announcements were made regarding the fate of the project.
Still, even though the actress won’t be around for a Divergent TV series, fans could look forward to her other TV project. Woodley stars alongside Nicole Kidman in Reese Witherspoon for HBO’s Big Little Lies. The series premieres on February 19.
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