Shailene Woodley’s star is very firmly in its ascendance, with last week’s news that she’s been earmarked to
play MJ in
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
now followed by talk of a plum role in what could prove to be the new
Woodley is apparently in talks to star in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel Divergent , which is being brought to the big screen by Limitless director, Neil Burger.
Set in a dystopian version of Chicago, Divergent tells of a society split into five factions, of which membership is determined by an individual’s possession of a particular virtue.
A rigorous assessment ensues, but it soon becomes clear that lead character Tris is harbouring a secret… she possesses more than one of the allotted virtues, making her a divergent. And also making her a threat to the established order.
Getting those Hunger Games comparisons yet? Yes us too, although apparently, the novel has been almost universally well-reviewed, suggesting it’s more than just an opportunistic knock-off. Looks like dystopian teen angst is here to stay.