He would fill the void left by Robert Schwentke

By Oliver Gettell
Updated February 29, 2016 at 10:19 PM EST
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Things could be looking up for The Divergent Series: Ascendant after director Robert Scwentke exited the project earlier this month. The Age of Adaline helmer Lee Toland Krieger is in negotiations to take the reins on the fourth and final film in the post-apocalyptic franchise, EW can confirm.

Scwentke wanted to take some time off after directing the two middle movies in the saga based on Veronica Roth’s YA novels: Insurgent, which was released last year, and Allegiant, opening March 18.

Ascendant would mark the first big action movie for Krieger, whose previous credits include Celeste & Jesse Forever and The Vicious Kind. Lionsgate, the studio behind The Divergent Series, also distributed Age of Adaline. The fantasy romance grossed $42.6 million and received mixed reviews.

Ascendant is scheduled to shoot this summer in Atlanta, with a cast including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, and Jeff Daniels. It’s due in theaters June 9, 2017.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news about Krieger.

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