Shailene Woodley To Play Tris In ‘Divergent’?

We’ve been riding the “Divergent” train ever since Veronica Roth’s electrifying debut hit bookstore shelves last year, and now we’re finally making our first stop in Casting Junction for the big-screen adaptation!

Deadline reports that “Secret Life of the American Teenager” star Shailene Woodley is in talks to play teen heroine Tris Prior.

For the uninitiated, “Divergent” takes place in a near-future Chicago in which society is divided into five factions, representing different virtues (eg. selflessness, courage, etc.). All 16-year-olds must take a test to determine whether they will join Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity or Candor. The second novel in Veronica’s series, “Insurgent,” debuted May 2012.

Though Shailene was not among our casting picks for Tris, we can definitely envision her jumping from a speeding locomotive (even if she’s not a petite blonde). And after a star-making turn in “The Descendants,” we’re more than happy to vouch for her acting chops.

Miss Woodley has been at the center of a number of casting rumors since it was announced that “Secret Life” was in its final season. Among those roles is the plum part of Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man 2.”

“Divergent” is slated to hit theaters March 21, 2014.

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