The Divergent fandom went into an uproar this week with the first real announcements pertaining to the highly-anticipated movie adaptation. According to multiple sources, including author Veronica Roth herself, Shailene Woodley is in final talks to star as Tris, and Alexander Ludwig (Cato in The Hunger Games) declared via Twitter he had a meeting to talk about getting the role of Four.
The hardcore fans appear not to be amused. (Frankly, you just don’t want to step into the Divergent tag on Tumblr anymore.) Criticism of Shailene Woodley abounds due to her role in the The Secret Life of the American Teenager (although others are again praising her for her performance in The Descendants), and her lacking the “Tris” look. However, Veronica Roth gushed in her Tumblr post about how Shailene fit the look exactly – “she looks like a slight person with youthful, delicate features, someone who shocks you with how strong and capable she becomes.” Alexander Ludwig has been criticized for not “being like Four”, which seems to be a rather narrow-minded assessment of his acting skills. Fans are now calling out for him to go for the role of Peter instead.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind with either casting. Although I despise The Secret Life like many others, and Shailene didn’t amaze me in The Descendants either, I believe if Veronica Roth herself is confident about the casting, I have no right to complain. She’ll dye her hair and get made up to look the part, and then in 2014 we’ll finally know if this was a huge mistake. As to Xander, well, I’m just going to be happy to see him on my screen again. I’m not going to make assumptions about him being able to play Four just because he played a villain once. If he is cast, I’m guessing he can pull off this role as well. (I have this thing where I believe casting directors actually know what they’re doing. I know. Weird, huh.)