Author Veronica Roth told fans that Shailene is “in final negotiations to play Tris,” which technically means it’s not set in stone. But as far as she’s concerned, the Secret Life of the American Teenagerstar fits the role perfectly.
“From the moment I heard that she was being considered, I have been nothing but enthusiastic,” Veronica wrote in her blog. “My priority has always been, first and foremost, that the role of Tris be well-acted, and Shailene has proven how talented she is, as anyone who has seen The Descendants can attest.”
She continued, “Tris does not look like an action hero — she looks like a slight person with youthful, delicate features, someone who shocks you with how strong and capable she becomes. To me, that is exactly the look Shailene has, exactly the look I've always had in my mind.”
And it isn’t just Shailene’s looks and talent that impressed Veronica from the get-go. She also foresees that the young actress will be able to capture Tris’s unique personality, including the transformation she undergoes throughout the novel and the remainder of the popular trilogy!
“From what I've seen, I'm confident she will be able to capture Tris's particular mixture of vulnerability and strength, and that surprising moment when a seemingly unremarkable girl from Abnegation transforms into a powerful yet flawed young woman,” she concluded.
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