For the past few years, Theo James has played roles in two franchises where the protagonists are female. As female representation in films remains an issue, some might wonder how the British actor feels about it. In an interview with Comicbook, Theo appears not to mind if women are the ones taking the center stage.
“It’s very easy, very good. We’re in a world where there’s lots of great female-led movies and TV series, so it’s great.”
Theo is pleased that blockbuster films are trying to include female protagonists more often. He reveals that he enjoys working with talented actresses. Theo is involved with two franchises, Underworld and Divergent, whose leads are Kate Beckinsale and Shailene Woodley.
In preparation for the release of Underworld: Blood Wars on January 2017, Theo recently attended the 2016 New York Comic-Con with Kate and film director Anna Foerster. It can be remembered that Theo first appeared in the franchise as vampire David. This time, his character will still be on the good side.
Meanwhile, it isn’t known yet if the cast of the Divergent movie will come back to reprise their roles especially after reports that the final film in the franchise might be repositioned as a television program.
Theo’s leading lady in the franchise has no plans yet should the studio decide to air The Divergent Series: Ascendant on television. Shailene told The Today Show that everyone’s still in “a limbo game.”
“They haven’t finalized any decisions, so it’s actually a moot point to talk about it now, out of respect to Lionsgate and everyone involved. I’m not exactly sure where they stand so we are kind of all in a limbo game. I signed up to tell the whole story of Tris [the protagonist in the franchise based on Veronica Roth’s novels], and I would love to be able to do that. Nothing would make me happier.”
The Fault in Our Stars actress previously told the Toronto Sun that it might not be a good idea to split Veronica Roth’s Allegiant at the first place.
“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.”
Miles Teller admits that they were taken aback after knowing Lionsgate’s plan. He said that they all agreed to do the franchise hoping that it would be released in cinemas. While he has nothing but kind words to describe his experience working for Divergent, he’s uncertain if he will return because “it’s a different set of circumstances.”
There are several speculations on why the studio would consider repositioning the film. Many believe that it might be because of The Divergent Series: Allegiant’s lackluster performance in the box office. Due to the previous movie’s unsatisfactory results, the studio might want to finish Tris and Four’s story without the risk of losing more money.
Some think that Lionsgate was inspired by the success of the iconic Harry Potter movies. Dividing the final book in the series, The Deathly Hallows, into two films worked because of the extensive material.
However, the same couldn’t be said about Lionsgate’s Divergent and The Hunger Games. There are fans who think that Lionsgate’s decision backfired. If the final film indeed ends up on TV, there’s a possibility that the cast members will no longer be the same.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant was originally set for a June 2017 premiere. There’s no news yet if there will be a delay especially that the cast hasn’t started filming yet.
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