Theo James and Shailene Woodley might not return to reprise their roles in the Divergent franchise if Lionsgate pursues its plan to convert the final Allegiant film into a television movie.
Woodley previously expressed her uncertainty to Toronto Sun about the studio’s decision to split Allegiant into two films. The Fault in Our Stars actress said that Lionsgate probably got inspired by the success of the Twilight franchise, but for her, splitting the film wouldn’t necessarily give her more breathing room.
“I don’t think it gives ME more breathing room. It gives the director and the writer and the producers breathing room to come up with more story. The hard thing is there’s not enough content in Allegiant to make two films.”
If there’s one thing Woodley is thankful for, it’s the opportunity to spend time with her fellow cast members. Despite the recurring “Theo James and Shailene Woodley” dating reports, the duo maintains that they are just friends. It is believed that the British actor is using the break from Allegiant to plan for his wedding with Ruth Kearney, his girlfriend since 2009.
“Theo and I are on set together almost every day. But it’s nice that we all know each other so well, because there’s not this uncomfortable space of trying to figure out where you fit in the dynamic,” said Woodley.
“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]. It caught us all by surprise.”
While Teller understands why the studio considers the repositioning, he is worried that “they’re messing with something that was not the original intention.”
Like Woodley, he gushed about the close ties of the cast members.
“I’m not kidding when I say that you won’t find a single actor who worked in that franchise who would have anything bad to say about that experience. It’s all good. I’ve got nothing but love for everybody I’ve worked with on that franchise.”
Divergent: Ascendant’s release is June 2017, but until now filming hasn’t commenced. Some fans believe that Divergent: Allegiant did not do well in the box office because it lacked many elements that were originally portrayed in the book.
Lionsgate executive Jon Feltheimer previously admitted that they have rushed the film, which might have caused its unsatisfactory blockbuster results. Divergent: Allegiant’s recent performance might be the reason why the studio is searching for ways to release the final story without risking another box office disappointment.
While waiting for official announcements from Lionsgate, Woodley is making sure to use her time wisely. Apart from her filming commitments for the upcoming drama Snowden, the Spectacular Now actress is using her voice to stand up for key political issues.
Last Wednesday, she joined Bernie Sanders’ supporters in a rally against the Bakken or Dakota Access pipeline. Speaking to CNN, Woodley called out the Democratic Party’s “hypocrisy” about environmental issues.
“Bernie Sanders was the only presidential candidate who said we have to do something about fracking now. We have to do something about pipelines now. We have to do something about climate change now.”
The actress finds its saddening that clean water is now a privilege in America that not everyone gets to enjoy. “I live a privileged life so I have access to clean water. A lot of people in our country do not live privileged lives and do not have access to clean water,” she claimed.
Woodley is vocal when it comes to her admiration for Sanders. Now that he has dropped out of the race, Woodley said that she would stay mum about the candidate she’d vote for.
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