Friday 12 July 2013

LA Times Hero Complex Features Shailene Woodley & New Divergent Still

LA Times Hero Complex has a feature on 'The new wave of strong female-led sci-fi', which includes this new still of Tris training, and Shailene Woodley's comments on the subject matter. Its  a good, interesting read, so make sure you check it out. Below we've posted mentions of Divergent and Shailene's comments. 

“I’m a very strong advocate of taking charge and being a wild woman,” said Shailene Woodley, who stars in next year’s “Divergent.” Set in a dystopian future Chicago, Veronica Roth’s series of novels center on a world where teens are herded together based on specific skills and attributes — when 16-year-old Beatrice Prior finds herself gifted in multiple areas, she’s labeled as an outcast, one who finds herself in a position to affect the future of humanity.

“I think it’s really profound that right now there are so many opportunities in film that depict young women as strong, courageous and taking care of themselves,” said Woodley, who will play Beatrice in the Neil Burger-directed film.

Woodley, too, auditioned for the role of Katniss, but she said what drew her to play Tris Prior was the character’s drive to pursue a dangerous, unknown future that would separate her from her family yet allow her to find her own path.

“You can relate this to a lot of cultures today where women aren’t allowed to speak their minds,” said Woodley, calling from the “Divergent” set, weeks before production was set to wrap. “It doesn’t seem like a reality for someone growing up in the U.S., but even in our world there are so many boundaries of what women can and can’t do.”

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