Shailene Woodley May Be “Divergent”

By Kirsten Anderson Casting

Shailene Woodley is up for another franchise.

Last week we heard that Shailene Woodley was the leader for the role of Mary Jane Watson in “The Amazing Spider-Man” sequel, and now we hear from Variety that she’s in talks to star in “Divergent,” an adaptation of the novel by Veronica Roth. Neil Burger is directing and Evan Daugherty is writing the screenplay.

Here’s a synopsis of the book from Amazon:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.”

So. Bored. By. Dystopian. YA. Novels. I think my favorite part of this one, though, is the way they made the  cover look almost exactly like “The Hunger Games.”There’s a sequel called “Insurgent,” no doubt with another to follow (Just plain “Urgent?”). Summit Entertainment is no doubt hoping for another franchise.

It’s not clear whether this would interfere with “The Amazing Spider-Man” plans.

 

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