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Shailene Woodley To Land Divergent Lead?! Is She The Next Kristen Stewart?!

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Attention Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence – meet your new competition!

If you haven’t heard – and believe us, we’ve been trying to tell you – the next big YA novel franchise coming your way is this series called Divergent. Set in a dystopian future, the story follows a 16-year-old girl who lives in a world where people live in separated societies called “factions.” These factions are based on human traits, such as bravery, intelligence and selflessness. When heroine Tris leaves her family and her faction for a rival community, she finds herself thrown into violent confrontations, dangerous political plots and a first love that could change the course of everything in her life, and those around her.

Sounds good, right? Like Hunger Games meets 1984 meets Twilight, but only because of the love story! We’re telling you, this is going to be HUGE!

Which is why Shailene Woodley has a really big decision to make. With her ABC Family show canned, the young Descendants star is reportedly one of the desired Hollywood lasses up for the lead role in the franchise. Now, the movie isn't slated to come out till 2014, but Shailene is also up for the role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Amazing Spider-man movies. Scheduling two huge flicks like these could be a problem…

Now, we definitely see her has Mary Jane – doe-eyes, sweet smile, looks good next to Andrew Garfield – but if she can pull out a side of her that is totally kickass, like jump off a seven story building, beat the crap out of somebody barehanded kickass, then we don’t think she should pass this up.

If done right, this could possibly fill the void left behind for all Twilight fans who aren’t as equally invested in The Hunger Games. It’s riddled with roles for young, up-and-coming stars to make their mark on the scene. Shailene’s obviously already done that, but this could catapult her into a type of superstardom paralleled only to Bella Swan and Katniss Everdeen.

Plus, did we mention Evan Peters is reading the script?! Can you say ADORABLE and TALENTED? Who doesn’t want to work with that?!

The choice is yours, Shailene … and one choice can transform you!

P.S. - Veronica Roth! Call us! We have questions about Insurgent (the sequel!)!

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11 comments to “Shailene Woodley To Land Divergent Lead?! Is She The Next Kristen Stewart?!”

  1. 1

    'the next big YA novel franchise coming your way' ?
    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is out next year.. surely this is the NEXT big novel franchise coming out?

  2. Emily says – reply to this


    I don't mean to sound mean but I don't think she'd be a very good choice to play Tris. Tris is supposed to be very petite and Shailene looks rather tall.

  3. p says – reply to this


    Taissa Farmiga for Tris!!!

  4. ally says – reply to this


    i love Divergent! i definitely agree that it will be the next big next to hunger games and twilight. it is a cult favorite!

    i'm not sure that shailene will be a good Tris. But I am definitely not closed minded towards it. i feel like she hasn't had her chance to shine. I kinda pictured Dakota Fanning as Tris when I was reading the book.

    A better and more important question is: Who is going to play Four?!

  5. Rae says – reply to this


    I don't like this at all. Not only does she not fit the physical characteristics of Tris, but I've seen her as an actress and I don't know that she can pull of Tris at all. Not that she's not a great actress, but that she has a particular style and that doesn't fit the kind of actress we need for Tris.

  6. kay says – reply to this


    No.. please no. I pictured Saoirse Ronan or someone similar as Tris… :(

  7. ew says – reply to this


    This book sounds like a total ripoff of the Hunger Games franchise.

  8. thea says – reply to this


    NO!!!! She is a terrible actress. This will ruin the whole movie for me.

  9. T says – reply to this


    I didn't exactly envision her as Tris and honestly I don't think she's make a good Tris. She has that sweet girl next door look about her and it's just not right.

  10. a says – reply to this


    Please no no no! Sorry, but I have tried to watch Secret Life and she is not that great of an actress. Sure Secret Life probably isn't the best place to learn and grow as an actor (horrible writing), but pick another movie to start out with. Go wreck another film, not ths one. As someone before me said: what about Four?

  11. stop hating. says – reply to this


    Personally, I never pictured her as Tris. Taissa Farmiga was always my favorite to play Beatrice. But Shailene is a GREAT actress. She just started in an awful tv show, you can't judge her as an actress because someone else has horrible writing skills. Did you saw her performance in 'The Descendents'? She was nominated for a Golden Globe because of it. She has many other awards. Why would she be cast as Mary Jane Watson in 'The Amazing Spiderman' if she wasn't as good as Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield? You can't judge before watching the movie. The director of Divergent is great. I really want Steven R. McQueen to be cast as Four, but I don't think that will happen… Evan Peters is great, although he doesn't look like Four. He is an amazing actor tho. And Alexander Ludwig, Cato from THG, is also reading the script… Uh.