Shailene Woodley in Talks for the Lead in Hunger Games-esque Divergent

Divergent Novel CoverShailene Woodley is a wanted lady. With her TV show “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” coming to a close, she’s already landed critically acclaim roles with George Clooney in “The Descendants”, and is currently in talks to change her hair red as Mary Jane Watson in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, and now reports have her in talks for the lead in the upcoming teen franchise “Divergent”.

Neil Burger (“Limitless”) has already been tapped to direct the sci-fi dystopian tale, which would star Woodley as “16-year-old Beatrice Prior, who lives in a world where society is divided into five factions that each represent a particular virtue: honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness and intelligence.”

Apparently there are lots of “‘Hunger Games’-like teen-on-teen violence” in this one. You know, just like “The Hunger Games”.

“Divergent” is, as you might have already guessed, the first of a planned trilogy, and was written by 24-year old Veronica Roth. Apparently the fact that she was only 24 when she published the book is a big deal, because every trade article I have read about this movie since it was acquired for the screen mentions that fact. And here I thought the age of the writer doesn’t matter as long as the writing is, you know, good, but what do I know.

Anyways, “Snow White and the Huntsman’s” Evan Daugherty penned the screenplay, with Summit (the same folks behind the “Twilight” franchise) looking at a March 2013 start date, with the aim of putting the film in theaters by early 2014.

Obviously with “Divergent” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” basically offered up to her on a silver platter, it looks like Hollywood has found its new go-to leading lady for young roles … when Jennifer Lawrence isn’t available, I mean.

Shailene Woodley

Via : Variety