Shailene Woodley may have just put the “dis” in dystopian, as she may not be returning to reprise her role as Tris in the 4th and final “Divergent” movie, “Ascendant”.
Back in July, Lionsgate made a surprise announcement that the company was going to cut the budget for “Ascendant” and turn it into a television movie after “Allegiant”, the 3rd instalment, bombed hard at the box office earlier this year.
Woodley was initially caught off guard when the news was announced. Now that the actress had time to process, here’s what she thought of the whole situation: “Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn’t sign up to be in a television show. Out of respect to the studio and everyone in involved, they may have changed their mind and may be doing something different, but I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show.”
Given her comments, it seems as though the A-lister won’t be returning for the TV movie, even though she respects the studio’s decision to change direction for the YA film franchise. It wouldn’t be the 1st “Divergent” train she’s jumps off anyways. Having said that, nothing is set in stone. Yet.
Perhaps it was a wrong move on Lionsgate’s part to take the final book of the “Divergent” series and split it into 2 movies, thinking it could command the success as “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” did.