It seems the Divergent Ascendant movie will have to look for a new Tris Prior.
Just a few months earlier, reports emerged saying that Lionsgate is no longer planning to release Ascendant in theaters. Instead, the last Divergent film will be a TV movie–one that could launch a TV show spin-off. Months after that news broke out, Shailene Woodley finally airs her thoughts.
In an interview with Screen Rant, the actress had this to say about an Ascendant TV movie:
“Last I heard they were trying to make it into a television show. 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.”
True enough, contracts of the actors involved with Divergent Ascendant only cover a theatrical appearance. The Hollywood Reporter detailed this in an article back in July.
Divergent Ascendant and a new Tris
Now, not only is the re-negotiation of the contract in the way, the lead actress herself expressed she isn’t down with a TV movie.
Without Woodley on board, the studio has limited options. One of the possibilities is casting a new Tris Prior. However, there’s a major problem with this as well. The actress’ co-stars also expressed how they were blindsided by the studio’s sudden decision.
If they eventually express no desire of returning, then Lionsgate would have to do a major re-cast of the whole movie. At that point, the movie might as well be cancelled.
Still, the future of the Divergent series’ conclusion is uncertain. Lionsgate could still negotiate a new contract with the stars of the film and reach an amenable meeting ground. For now though, anything can happen.
Stay tuned for more news on the future of the Divergent Ascendant movie.