Shailene Woodley Onboard For ‘Divergent’ Finale ‘If It’s A Movie’
Shailene Woodley only seems committed to finishing out her role as Tris in the Divergent series if the finale is a feature film.
Shailene Woodley On ‘Divergent’ Finale
Back in July, it was reported that Lionsgate is planning to conclude the Divergent series with a television movie and follow it up with a spinoff series. The Divergent Series: Ascendant would feature the original cast, per Lionsgate’s plan, and also introduce new characters who would feature in the series.
Woodley was caught off guard by the initial report by Variety, and continues to be largely in the dark about what’s going on behind the scenes.
“Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show,” Woodley told Screen Rant in a recent interview. “I didn’t sign up to be in a television show. 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.”
Woodley expanded her answer in an interview on the Today show Monday. When asked directly about whether or not she’d be up to star in The Divergent Series: Ascendant, Woodley said, “Well, I mean, if it’s a movie.”
Woodley added, “They haven’t finalized any decisions, so it’s actually a moot point to talk about it now, out of respect to Lionsgate and everyone involved. I’m not exactly sure where they stand, so we are kind of all in a limbo waiting game. I signed up to tell the whole story of Tris, and I would love to be able to do that. Nothing would make me happier.”
Ascendant was meant to hit theaters next summer. However, the studio became less keen on the release after Allegiant’s performance at the box office earlier this year. Due to Allegiant‘s underwhelming release – especially compared to that of the franchise’s first two films, Lionsgate apparently has been seeking a different strategy that could build off of the dystopian franchise’s brand.