Shailene Woodley In Talks To Star In YA Adaptation Divergent
Shaliene Woodley's brilliant performance in Alexander Payne's The Descendants is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The actress has entered talks with Columbia Pictures to star as Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel, despite being a good eight years younger than star Andrew Garfield, and now Summit Entertainment is talking with her about the starring role in the young adult novel adaptation Divergent.
Deadline reports that Woodley is negotiating to play the female heroine Beatrice Prior in the upcoming adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel. The film is set to be directed by Limitless filmmaker Neil Burger and is set in a future society where society has been split into factions, with people representing the virtues of honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness and intelligence. Every sixteen year old must face off in a highly competitive and violent initiation to discover which faction they will devote their lives to. The project has drawn comparisons to The Hunger Games for obvious reasons and is also the first of a planned trilogy. Evan Daugherty, who wrote Snow White and the Huntsman, is writing the adaptation.
Woodley first became known for her role as Amy Juergens in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and has since landed roles in James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now (which has already wrapped production and co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brie Larson) and Gregg Araki's White Bird (which is still in pre-production and will co-star Eva Green and Shiloh Fernandez). Summit is planning to release Divergent on March 21 2014.
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