‘Divergent’ Shailene Woodley On TV Movie ‘Ascendant’: No Way!

‘Divergent’ Shailene Woodley On TV Movie ‘Ascendant’: No Way!
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Shailene Woodley, the protagonist of the “Divergent” series refuses to return for the 4th and final installment, “Divergent: Ascendant”?


Things are looking downhill for the “Divergent” series as the makers scramble to somehow wrap up the story in a decent yet “profitable” way.

After the unprecedented success of the first two movies in the series – “Divergent” and “Insurgent” – the producers did not expect the third one, “Allegiant”, to tank at the box office, incurring huge losses.

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In the light of waning interest of the public, Lionsgate, the producer of “Divergent” series has decided to cut back on costs, reducing the status of last and final installment, “Divergent: Ascendant” to a TV movie, as opposed to their original plan of releasing it in the movie theaters.

The decision has been taken with a view of a future possibility of converting the franchise into a TV show spinoff, which movies like “Limitless” and “Minority Report” have done in the recent past.

There is just one major problem – the makers never discussed with the main actors of “Divergent” before taking the decision of turning “Divergent: Ascendant” in a TV movie. And now, they are less than enthusiastic about it, especially Shailene Woodley.

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“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,” she told Screen Rant during promoting her upcoming movie, “Snowden”.

Even though Woodley has previously taken up television projects such as “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, with her movie career on the rise, with blockbuster hits such as “The Descendants”, “The Spectacular Now” and “Fault In Our Stars”, apart from the “Divergent” series, she knows that she has to be smart about her choices.

However, it does not mean that she shuns the world of television altogether. According to TVLine, Woodley is set to star in an HBO mini-series called “Big Little Lies” which will also star Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

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