Divergent: Shailene Woodley surprised Ascendant might skip theaters
Moviegoers weren’t the only ones caught off guard by the recent news that Ascendant, the final film in The Divergent Series, will likely skip theaters and go straight to the small screen.
Franchise star Shailene Woodley, who has played protagonist Tris Prior in each of the three previous installments, was apparently surprised by the change of plans, too.
According to Deadline, Woodley addressed the Ascendant shakeup on Thursday while speaking to reporters about her upcoming movie Snowden at Comic-Con. “Honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened, and I landed and I’m like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?!'” she said. “I need to talk and find out what the details are.”
Word came Wednesday that studio Lionsgate is looking to wrap up the Divergent storyline with a TV movie in the wake of the third film, Allegiant, underperforming at the box office. It’s not yet known which cast members, if any, would return, but the finale would also set up a potential spin-off series set in the same post-apocalyptic world.
The Divergent films are based on Veronica Roth’s trilogy of YA novels about a dystopian society where people are divided into factions based on their personality types.