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Big news for readers looking forward to the book-to-film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Shailene Woodley is nearing a deal to play the lead character of Tris!

The film will be directed by Neil Burger, and Summit Entertainment is behind the project. Deadline broke the news of Woodley’s deal. Just last week we told you the actress was up for the role of Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Divergent hits theaters March 21, 2014. The story has a similar vibe to The Hunger Games and for that reason should do well in that market. The story follows Tris, who lives in a future Chicago that is separated in five factions in order to stabilize society. At age 16 each citizen must choose a permanent faction. However, for Tris things don’t go as planned, and she has to survive an aggressive and physically demanding initiation. Beatrice Prior must uncover her true hidden strengths and risk her family, her newfound love, and her very own life to defuse a mysterious conspiracy which could change the balance of power forever.

Woodley appeared in 2011′s The Descendants with George Clooney and starred in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (which was canceled earlier this month). She’ll appear in films White Bird and The Spectacular Now next year.

Is Shailene Woodley in ‘Divergent’ as Tris a good choice?

  • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

    I feel like she’s a little too pretty for the role, but I can easily get over that.

    She is a fantastic actress.

  • lpetrucelli

    i’m not particularly sure how i feel about this choice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001323469179 Arialle Renee

    NO! NOT AMY!

  • Jon

    great choice. Looks alot like how I pictured her

  • http://twitter.com/HungerSlytherin HungerSlytherin

    I really like her as Tris. I know she may not be exactly how tris looks to people but she is an amazing actress.

    • http://twitter.com/theaterandi Adele Ivy

      She’s not that good, have you seen Secret Life……. I don’t even want to talk about the acting in that. And The Descendants is okay but she still does not have the ability to portray Tris correctly.

      • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

        To be fair, Secret Life probably isn’t the best show to judge her acting. The scripts for that show are terrible, and Shailene can’t be blamed for that. No actor could make those scripts good.

        • http://twitter.com/theaterandi Adele Ivy

          Yes, to be fair, Shailene can’t control that show. But her performance in The Descendants should have been better…. I honestly think that she will do fine but she needs to work being a strong female lead.

  • Abbey McHugh



    NO!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PotionWillow207

    This will be the first book-to-movie adaptation where I HOPE they change the story. I hated the book. Boring and predictable are the two kindest descriptors I can think of.

    • WillowBlood

      I didn’t love it either, though my main problem was with the characterization. I could never get a feel for any of the characters, even though I’ve read both Divergent and Insurgent.

      • PotionWillow207

        I refuse to read Insurgent. That’s how much I disliked Divergent. I agree with you on the characterization. And I could have told you the rest of the story myself after reading half of the first chapter. I mean, I know there’s no such thing as an original idea. I’ve said it myself plenty of times, but geez. Divergent takes it to a whole new level.

    • chinchillalover33

      How do u hate the book? HOW?????!!!!!!!!!

  • NO


  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    YEAH… i can totally see this! oscar nominated actress, NBD. she’s borderline perfect. in my mind at least.

  • Crazy-Eight23

    She’ll probably get the part. She auditioned for Twlight, Hunger Hames, and now Divergent. She’s bound to get the role.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

      How do you get “she’s bound to get this role” after what you listed from her being denied other big roles. That doesn’t point to “OF COURSE she’ll get it!” It points to “OF COURSE she won’t!”

      • Crazy-Eight23

        It means her big break is coming. Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for Twilight and Mila Kunis auditioned too. She’s obviously persistent. That’s why I say she’ll get it.

        • crbarra97

          And the world will never know how Jennifer Lawrence lost Bella Swan to Kristen Stewart…

  • SuperWhoLock


  • http://twitter.com/MaireadNguyen Mairead Nguyen

    Guys, will you all just wait until leaked pictures from set come out?!? Yes, she might not look like it in the picture above, but we’ll all acting like when Jennifer Lawrence was cast for Katniss for Hunger Games. JUST FREAKING WAIT.

    • PotionWillow207

      Well, that comparison didn’t actually help much since I don’t really care for Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. I’m probably the only one, and I didn’t think she was terrible, but she wasn’t all that good either.

    • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

      Seriously. The same people who are hating on her will be the same people who will say, “She is perfect for this role!”

  • aperson


  • Rose


  • hpboy13

    Oh god no. I actually suffered through some of Secret Life… please no! Between this and Jamie Campbell Bower’s Jace, I’m beginning to wish they’d STOP adapting my favorite books to screen.

    • chinchillalover33

      Same here. Its going to turn out like the Hunger Games -_- then people will think they know everything about it by just reading the book. Makes me so mad!

  • http://www.katepawsonstuder.com/ Kate Pawson Studer

    She looks the part to me! She was great in The Descendants. I’d be very happy with this choice!

  • bethanny23

    I know better than to comment on something so early on, but I really cannot picture her as Tris…

  • jess

    NEVER IM SORRY BUT IM PISSED NOW! this is my favorite book and if sheis Tris i might die. sorry not sorry

    • chinchillalover33

      I feel the same way!!!! then people will go see the movie and think they know everything about it when they dont.

  • d3erudite

    No,no,no,no,no. This can’t be happening. Jackie Emerson should play Tris not freaking shaliene woodley.

  • d3erudite

    Andrew we know what divergent is. The description isn’t necessary

    • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

      You may know what Divergent is, but there are TONS of people who don’t know what it is.

    • Abosuba

      I’ve never heard of Divergent before, and now I’m very interested, so I think the description IS indeed necessary!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1229430522 Kiara Rubin

    nonononononono. i cant see her as a badass and isnt she supposed to be small?

  • Jessica

    Okay people should only be complaining because Shailene is too good for this role. She was incredible in the Descendents and has so much potential. Secret Life doesn’t showcase that at all.

  • http://twitter.com/RaeNosh Rae N

    I just wanted to say that A LOT of people were super upset with Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss initially. But, it all worked out fine didn’t it? Everyone loves her to death now. This will be no different. Everybody’s gonna hate her in the beginning then show the love once the trailer is out. Although, we haven’t seen much of her acting chops outside of Secret Life and the Descendants…

    • PotionWillow207

      Not everyone. But apparently I’m by myself on that.

    • Cynthia

      Not everyone. Some were quite indifferent to her. I for one think that there’s a better actress than her for this role. It’s not because of the looks. Makeup can fix that. It’s the acting abilities that I’m truly afraid of.

  • http://twitter.com/jandjsalmon Jessica

    No, thank you! Tris will always be Taissa Farmiga!! #Taissa4Tris

    • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

      oooh good call!

    • http://www.facebook.com/annie.alviola Annie Alviola

      yes, she will be great choice

  • Alex


  • lorepottter

    I actually liker her, i can see her in the gray outfit and then a fighter…i read some much people dont liker her, but come on, the same was for the role of Katniss, Finnick, and the joker..and plus she is a good actress

  • SpiritWitch120

    Woo. Managed to post this on my Divergent fan page before you did. I think that’s a record.

  • Becca

    I wanted Anna sophiarobb

  • Kathleen

    I wouldn’t say I’m against Shailene Woodley as Tris just because I feel like I should have some faith in the filmmakers. As long as they’re casting the leads based on their acting skills, I’m going to try to remain positive. At the same time though, I think Elle Fanning will always be Tris in my mind (or at least until the movie comes out).

    • Kristine

      Nice choice!

  • Cynthia
  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I actually think she’ll make a great tris. I always pictured saoirse ronan as tirs but since she’s now in the host, that’s not going to happen. Of course, no judgement can be made until the movie is actually out.

  • Kelly

    I really like her for the role. Far better than the guy they are thinking about for Four.

  • Firefly155

    I think I’ll give my verdict of her once I’ve had my mind clears of “first reaction syndrome.” I’m sure she could be good, I mean, will be good. I just didn’t mean to see Catching Fire leaked pictures today and it’s just made me go loopy a bit.

  • chinchillalover33

    Very VERY VERY VERY VERY MAD!!!!! i loved the book and if shes in the movie she will ruin my image of the book, and Tris.

  • Tania

    She is not Tris! I’m so disappointed :( Its Kristen Stewart all over again. FYI I always supported Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, but now divergent is possibly ruined for me just like Twilight was

  • Kezia

    Actually I want Annasophia Robb but I dont mind Shailene Woodley to play Tris
    Let’s just hope that it’ll turn out well
    Can’t wait to know who will officially be casted as Four

  • Brenda Bui

    she just needs to be blonde…

  • nikki


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