2:15 pm EST, March 5, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence talked Shailene Woodley into joining ‘Divergent,’ actress locked in for three sequels

A new cover story offers an in-depth look at actress Shailene Woodley and reveals a few interesting tidbits about her involvement with Divergent.

The Hollywood Reporter has published a lengthy look at Woodley’s career so far and interviewed numerous people around the actress for new intel.

There were two tidbits that stood out to us in particular: For one, Woodley was unsure about signing on to star in Divergent until The Hunger Games lead Jennifer Lawrence spoke to her at the favor of Lionsgate co-president Erik Feig.

Woodley says that Lawrence sent her several e-mails which said, “You must do it,” referring to joining Divergent. “You will not regret it for a second. Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this.”

Feig says that whatever Lawrence said in those e-mails to Woodley did the trick. “I don’t know what happened, but I do know that after that interaction, Shailene said: ‘OK, now I’ll make Divergent. Let’s talk.'”

We heard a story similar to this last year, but at the time didn’t know that it was directly connected to the actress joining Divergent.

Elsewhere in the article, THR says that Woodley is signed on for three sequels to Divergent, meaning Lionsgate is leaving the possibility open of splitting Allegiant in to two films.

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Summit currently does not have a formal plan to split the movies – at least not publicly. As we told you in December, the studio has set Insurgent and Allegiant release dates, but the latter is only one movie (for now).

When could they decide to split Allegiant into two? If Divergent and Insurgent perform well enough (early box office reports suggest the first movie will be a hit), they will probably split the third movie. The split-the-finale concept has been pulled off successfully for Harry Potter and Twilight, and soon viewers will see The Hunger Games finale Mockingjay split across two films.

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