Thursday, 18 October 2012

CASTING NEWS: Shailene Woodley in Talks to Play Tris Prior in Divergent?

UPDATE: Veronica Roth has confirmed Shailene is in 'final talks' to play the role.

From Deadline:
"EXCLUSIVE: Suddenly, The Descendants breakout Shailene Woodley has become the hot young actress in town. She’s in talks to play the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and now I hear she is negotiating to play the female lead in Divergent, the Veronica Roth novel that will be directed by Neil Burger for Summit Entertainment. Produced by Red Wagon partners Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher and adapted by Snow White And The Huntsman‘s Evan Daugherty, the book is compared to The Hunger Games because of the age of the characters and the violence that takes place in a futuristic setting. This tale takes place in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into factions based on human traits. A 16-year-old leaves her faction to join a rival one, but during the violent initiation she falls in love with a young man and they try to find their place in this rough world. Paradigm reps Woodley."
Critics have nothing but nice things to say about the actress in her most recent roles. Of course, no casting will ever make all fans happy, & everyone will have differing opinions on how Tris should look, but we should bear in mind a quality actor/actress is worth far more than looking exactly right, as Veronica mentioned previously:

“For me, they are clearly their own people, so if I had a dream cast, it would be people who are relatively unknown or anyone who can capture the sort of tough but vulnerable spirit Tris has,” she said. “I’d rather have a good actor than an actor who looks just right.”