Shailene Woodley quits Divergent series
Shailene Woodley has officially confirmed she will not be returning to the Divergent franchise.
Woodley’s reappearance in the films, in which she plays heroine Tris Prior, was thrown into jeopardy last July when it was revealed the series would wrap up with a television film and series rather than a final blockbuster film.
Asked by Vanity Fair whether she would be returning to the series at the premiere of her new show Big Little Lies, Woodley said: “No. I’m not going to be on the television show.”
The Divergent series was scheduled to end with a fourth film – Ascendant – in March 2017. However, after the poor performance of third film Allegiant at the box office earlier in 2016, these plans were cancelled. It was announced the series would instead end with a television movie and series last July.
The change in medium freed up Woodley and her co-stars’ contracts, enabling them to walk away from the franchise – a choice Woodley has now made.
The Divergent series is based on the popular young adult novels by Veronica Roth. It tells the story of Tris Prior, a young woman who does not fit into the categories provided by her dystopian society and must hide her status as ‘divergent’.
However, the novels consist of only three stories – Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant with an additional side story about the character Four. Only the movies chose to split Allegiant into two parts.
Woodley’s co-star Miles Teller, who plays Peter in the series, has not yet confirmed or denied his return.