Previously, we told you about the woes of the Divergent film series, yet another YA dystopia franchise about teens and repressive governments, that saw its third entry, Allegiant, tank so hard its second part is headed for TV. It turns out that this plan, which seemed a bit optimistic in the first place, was a bit more tentative than it appeared. And we know that because nobody told the star of the series what was happening.
Shailene Woodley has been the star of all three movies, and theoretically would star in the fourth. But, while talking to the press about her role in the upcoming Snowden, she admitted nobody had called her about it:
Honestly, I was on a plane when all that happened and I landed, and I’m like ‘Whoa, what’s going on?!’ I need to talk and find out what the details are.
Generally, this is not a good sign, for either the TV movie or, if it happens, getting back the cast. Especially as Lionsgate is hoping to launch a TV series, it needs all the eyeballs this TV movie can get. Woodley may not have time for it anyway, however. In addition to Snowden, she’s got a turn in the prestige series Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Laura Dern. Besides, it’s not clear what network would run the movie, so perhaps Lionsgate should let this one go.