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Shailene Woodley may or may not be starting her post-Divergent series career by being in Snowden this week. Although Lionsgate decided that the Divergent finale Ascendant would be a TV movie instead of a theatrical one, it would still obviously like Woodley back as Tris. But when she said after Snowden's Toronto Film Festival premiere that she "didn't sign up to be in a television show," it certainly looked like her time on the franchise was done.
However, Woodley left the door open a bit more when she went on Today to promote Snowden, and to clarify her remarks. She admitted "it's actually a moot point to talk about it now," since the series and everyone involved "are kind of all in a limbo game." Yet she also said "Nothing would make me happier," than to finish telling Tris's story like she signed on to do years ago, although she stopped short of saying she would do so even if Ascendant was only made for TV.
This drastic step was taken after the third Divergent film Allegiant bombed at the box office this spring, only making $66+ million domestic and continuing a drastic financial decline for the series. Critics also argued it was a creative low point as well, although Woodley escaped the worst of their slings and arrows as usual.
Reviewers have been a little kinder about Snowden in Toronto, but not by a huge amount. While the Divergent series let Woodley be the big hero, she is more on the sidelines playing the worried girlfriend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's take on his controversial actions.
While Woodley's 2016 movies haven't gone over that well with critics so far, Ascendant was originally scheduled to try and turn things around for a summer 2017 grand finale. Instead, its fate is indeed in limbo, to say nothing of who will bring Tris's final battles to life in one medium or another.
Either way, Snowden is guaranteed to be in American theaters starting on Sept. 16.