How Jennifer Lawrence talked Shailene Woodley into doing Divergent

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Jul 9, 2019, 2:01 PM EDT (Updated)

Current young adult sci-fi hit The Hunger Games will have some competition soon from Divergent, but we apparently need to thank Katniss for making it all happen.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Divergent star Shailene Woodley revealed that Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence actually talked her into taking on the Katniss-esque hero role in the sci-fi flick. Lawrence’s selling point? The opportunity to star in a franchise of that scope is just too good to pass up. Period.

Here’s the choice excerpt:

"'You must do it. You will not regret it for a second. Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this,' " Woodley recalls Lawrence telling her in a series of emails written at the behest of Erik Feig, Lionsgate motion picture group co-president.

Lawrence’s take on the issues makes sense, especially when you consider the absolutely huge impact Hunger Games had on her career. She went from little-known actress to bona fide America’s sweetheart in just a year or so. If Divergent hits as well as the experts believe (it’s currently tracking for a Twilight-level opening weekend), the same could happen for Woodley.

In addition to how she was sold on the project, Woodley was also asked who she thinks would win in a fight between Katniss and her Divergent character, Tris. To her credit, Woodley handled the question perfectly, and we’d have to agree completely with her sentiment:

"If my character and Katniss from The Hunger Games battled it out? I don't know. I don't feel like they would actually battle. I feel like it'd be like, 'You're a strong lady? I'm a strong lady, too. Let's combine forces and bring it together.’"

Now that’s a movie we’d like to see. Do you plan on checking out Divergent when it opens March 21?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)