If there was any hope at all that Shailene Woodley would change her mind about appearing in the Divergent TV movie, kiss those goodbye.
The actress, who was asked about the franchise at her Big Little Lies premiere earlier this week, dashed all the hope away.
“No,” she quickly replied. “I’m not going to be on the television show.”
Late last year, Shailene was saying almost the exact same thing: “Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn’t sign up to be in a television show…I’m not necessarily interested in doing a television show.”
Earlier that summer, Lionsgate announced that the final film, Ascendant, would skip the big screen for a TV movie and spinoff series.
Theo James is opening up about the possibility of returning as Four in Ascendant, the final film in the Divergent series.
In a recent interview, the 32-year-old said that he, as well as the other original Divergent actors, likely will not return.
“My message would be ‘Thanks for the support.’ I think it’s a shame that we can’t finish the story,” he told TooFab. “But I think it’s evolving in a place where the actors that have been in the three movies probably won’t be in whatever it evolves to in the future.”
Shailene Woodley, who stars as Tris in the series, has also stated that she will not be apart of any Ascendant movie or TV series.
Theo has also been apart of the Underworld franchise since Underworld: Awakening, and he was asked if he would still be involved in any future films in that series.
“I think David’s storyline is done. I think his arc has been fully realized,” he said. “I think now is the time for the new characters that have been introduced to the story to take the helm, mainly Bradley James, who will be the next lead.”
The 24-year-old actress told Screen Rant during her Snowden press rounds that she’s not interested in the franchise if it does turn into a television series.
“Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. I didn’t sign up to be in a television show,” she shared. “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.”
It’s safe to say that we all were shocked about the news that Divergent‘s final film, Ascendant, wouldn’t be hitting theaters as planned, the cast was even more shocked.
“It caught us all by surprise,” Miles Teller shared with THR. “At this point, it’s a different set of circumstances. We’ll see. I honestly haven’t talked to anybody,” he added about returning for the project where he plays Peter.
“Things do change anytime they’re messing with something that was not the original intention,” he continued. “We all signed on for it in hopes that it’d be released in theaters, and we all had every intention of finishing [the franchise].”
The plan, which was discussed with Variety, is to wrap up the series as a TV movie, which would then transition into a TV series.
“We got excited about the possibility of what the series could look like — resolving the novel in a season across 10 to 13 episodes and then expanding from there into multiple seasons,” Lionsgate TV Group Chair Kevin Beggs said.
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Lionsgate plans to “wrap up the film series on the small screen, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. That would then segue into a standalone television series set in the same post-apocalyptic world.”
Shooting on Ascendant was planned for this summer in Atlanta, however, the box office performance of Allegiant has caused the studio to re-think the decision.
For the television wrap up, “the idea is to finalize the storylines involving the current cast and to introduce a new cast, who would then continue the series on either a traditional or streaming network.”
But that’s still a whole month, which is why we insanely happy that the movie will be out digitally on Tuesday, June 21st! It gets even better, not only does JJJ have the coolest clip of the cast professing their love for each other (serious friendship goals), but we’re also giving FIVE (5) lucky readers a chance to win an Allegiant Prize Pack!
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Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and more, the movie follows Tris and Four as they lead a team of rebels in a daring escape over the city wall—into a strange new world where they face a threat more dangerous than they ever imagined.
Meanwhile, the film will hit Blu-ray and OnDemand on July 12!
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