8:30 pm EDT, January 18, 2013

‘Divergent’ star Shailene Woodley talks about playing Tris for the first time

For the first time, Shailene Woodley is talking about why she joined the Divergent movie, and her answer is very interesting.

In an interview with MTV while at Sundance in Park City, Utah today, Woodley reveals she was initially uninterested in joining a big franchise. “I didn’t [read the book prior to auditioning]. I read the book – I thought it was really… my whole thing, to be honest, was that I never wanted to do big films. Especially one that was similar to Hunger Games or Twilight. Something with a huge fan base that would carry on for multiple years.”

So why did she want to join it if she was so resistant to what Lionsgate is specifically telling investors will be the next Hunger Games or Twilight? “After reading the book I was really profoundly moved. [The book is] very metaphorical for things that are going on today. Specifically things that I’m passionate about, and things I want to make public, and things I want to educate people on. So I think it’s a really great platform.”

When asked what in the book happens in real life today, Woodley explained, “In Divergent people are injected with this serum and then controlled by it. And I think it’s really funny that right now we’re beginning to chip our dogs and chip our babies. That’s just a small example, I could go on for hours. There’s also mind control that gets dealt with in Divergent – that’s going on today, nobody knows about that.”

Outrageously, Woodley’s interview clip ends on such an ominous warning about mind control. Consider us teased and left hanging. There are many mind control examples she could be talking about. One specific guess would be modern day torture.

Watch the interview below. As alluded to above, Lionsgate is banking on Divergent becoming their next big book-to-film franchise. While Woodley is all set to play Tris, the role of Four has not yet been cast. Lionsgate is actively testing beautiful gentlemen for the role. Divergent will open in theaters March 21, 2014.

Woodley is at Sundance to promote The Spectacular Now.

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