Last week, The Huffington Post gave 5 reasons why she is the next Jennifer Lawrence. Both went from being on a television series to starring in a major trilogy based on a young adult book.
This comes on the heels of her final season of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Despite being in all five seasons, her breakout performance came in 2011 when she played George Clooney’s oldest daughter in The Descendants and picked up a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actress.
Her next film role following the Alexander Payne film is in the upcoming film, The Spectacular Now, opening on August 2, 2013. In the film, Woodley stars as Aimee Finicky opposite Miles Teller. They both won the Special Jury Award for Acting at Sundance in January.
In 2014, Woodley will star as the leader character, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, in Divergent. Divergent is a popular young adult trilogy written by Veronica Roth. Sound familiar? Jennifer Lawrence did something similar following her Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone.
Next month, production starts on her next project, The Fault in Our Stars. The film is based on the novel of the same name by John Green and is being directed by Josh Boone. The screenplay was adapted by The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. With doing this book, there will likely be some comparisons to Silver Linings Playbook, which won Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar for Best Actress with her second nomination.
Originally, Woodley was to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but they decided to cut the role after she filmed four scenes for the comic book film. She went on the record with Empire to talk about the role and being cut from the film while promoting Divergent at Comic-Con in San Diego this week.
“She was only going to be in four scenes,” explained Woodley. “I think it’s really incredibly smart that she’s not in it, looking back at it now because they’re introducing so many characters and MJ is such a vital character that it makes sense to hold off for future movies to introduce her.”
Woodley was unable to confirm whether she would play MJ in The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
Speaking of Lawrence, she told Vanity Fair what advice she would give Shailene Woodley when it comes to starring in a franchise similar to The Hunger Games.