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In the least shocking news in a while, Miles Teller says he is not returning to complete the ‘Divergent Series’ in the ‘Ascendant’ TV show on STARZ.  The young actor flatly announced:

“No, I’m not doing that. Just that’s not happening for me.”

The cast and crew were just as shocked as fans when Lionsgate announced that rather than produce and release the fourth and final movie in ‘The Divergent Series’, based on Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA novels, in theaters, it was wrapping up the storylines in a made-for-TV movie, with hopes of an ongoing TV show to carry on the brand.  Since then, it appears that Lionsgate has scrapped the movie and will instead go right into the series.

Though Teller would have likely returned for a theatrical film, it would have simply been out of contractual obligation.  Teller has gotten praise for dramatic turns in films like ‘Rabbit Hole’, ‘The Spectacular Now’, ‘Whiplash’ and ‘War Dogs’.  And he’s gone on record to dis bigger budget movies he’s been involved in.  Of the first ‘Divergent’, he stated that he felt “dead inside” and said he only took the role of Peter for “business reasons.”  Of his flop ‘Fantastic Four’, in which he played comic book character Reed Richards, he said “You can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true.”  He stated that he’d “never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies” before he auditioned for the lead in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’.

It sounds like Teller is looking to move in the DiCaprio direction and is avoiding the tentpole route.  He’s just the latest of the movie cast to officially announce that they are not doing the ‘Ascendant’ spinoff.  At this point, that’s pretty much a given.

Will you be checking out STARZ’s ‘Ascendant’?  Are you curious how they will reconcile the show with the existing films?

Source: Screen Rant