Does hope spring eternal for Divergent Ascendant? Shailene Woodley clarified her earlier statement on whether she will join the last installment of the series or not.
News of Divergent Ascendant hitting the small screen instead of theaters shocked fans. Yet it came as a bigger surprise to the cast who initially revealed their hesitations about a TV movie. Hence, it raised concern to the point of panic as the likelihood of their participation grew dim.
Prospects grew dimmer a few days back after lead star Shailene Woodley’s thoughts on the Divergent Ascendant TV movie looming on the horizon. Hence, it reopened rumors about a major re-cast in the event the original cast are not onboard with the project.
However, Lionsgate and movie fans of the series now seem to have reason to rejoice. Not so much yet, although it does offer a glimmer of hope. Lead star Shailene Woodley, who brought Tris to life onscreen, shed more light on her recent statement about the TV movie. Initially, Woodley said the entire discussion was up in the air. She revealed the production has yet to make the decision final, hence the state of uncertainty. Yet her next statement could make everyone hopeful.
“I signed up to tell the whole story of Tris and I would love to be able to do that. Nothing would make me
happier,” the actress explained on the Today show last Monday.
Thus, it would seem the ball is in Lionsgate’s court. Should they decide to push through with the TV movie, the likelihood of retaining their lead star appears risky. The Hollywood Reporter noted Woodley’s affirmation of returning to the franchise if it is a theatrical film. Woodley did sign up for that to begin with. Then again, would her commitment to seeing Tris’ story until the end prompt her to rethink her stance on Divergent Ascendant?