Shailene Woodley clarifies comments about Divergent finale
Divergent star Shailene Woodley has walked back recent comments that indicated she’s not interested in returning for the finale of the sci-fi franchise after it was reconceived from a theatrical film to a TV project.
During an interview on the Today show Monday, Woodley was asked point blank if she wanted to participate in a fourth Divergent installment, which most recently carried the title Ascendant.
“Well, I mean, if it’s a movie,” the actress said with a laugh. She 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.”
While she remained noncommittal about making the leap to the small screen, Woodley said, “I signed up to tell the whole story of Tris [Prior, the protagonist], and I would love to be able to do that. Nothing would make me happier.”
Woodley starred in all three previous Divergent films, which are based on Veronica Roth’s young-adult novels about a post-apocalyptic society where people are divided into factions based on their personality types.
The first two films, Divergent and Insurgent, were solid box office performers, but this year’s chapter, Allegiant, was a critical and commercial misfire. Although Ascendant was originally planned as a fourth theatrical film, Lionsgate is now looking to tie up the main Divergent saga with a TV movie, one that would also set up a spin-off series.
Woodley’s latest comments softened her stance slightly. Just last week, she showed little enthusiasm for a potential Divergent TV project, saying she “didn’t sign up to be in a television show.”
Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Woodley’s remarks to Today. Watch her interview below.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant