Shailene Woodley cut her teeth in TV, starring in five seasons of ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager from 2008 to 2013. In 2017, she'll return to the small screen in HBO's seven-episode series Big Little Lies, adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name. The final Divergent film is currently being reworked for television (after the prior three installments were released theatrically), but don't expect Woodley to reprise her role as Tris Prior.
"From what I know, they want to proceed with a television show, which is not something that I signed up to do," the 24-year-old actress told E! News last week while promoting Snowden. "Out of respect to the whole scenario, there could be things that have changed, but I didn't sign up to do a TV show."
Ascendant, the Divergent series' fourth and final film, was scheduled to hit theaters on June 9, 2017. But after the franchise's third installment, Allegiant, earned a meager $66 million domestically, Lionsgate began to reconfigure the project as a TV movie with a potential spinoff series. Asked about her interview on Today Monday, Woodley flatly told the co-hosts, "I said that I didn't sign up for a TV show."
"So you won't do the fourth movie?" Willie Geist asked.
"Well, I mean, if it's a [theatrical] movie," Woodley said. "They haven't finalized any decisions, so it's actually a moot point to talk about it now, out of respect to Lionsgate and to everyone involved. I'm not exactly sure where they stand, so we're kind of all in a limbo waiting game."
Woodley added that she would "love" to wrap up the series. "I signed up to tell the whole story of Tris. I would love to be able to do that," the actress said. "Nothing would make me happier."
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