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Shailene Woodley tops the global box office: what's next?

By AFP RelaxnewsMovies - 25 March 2015 11:18 AM | Updated 12:41 PM

Shailene Woodley tops the global box office: what's next?

The starlet is now in theatres starring in 'Insurgent', the second movie in the 'Divergent' franchise, adapted from the dystopian book series by Veronica Roth.

Still basking in the film's international box-office success, will Shailene Woodley manage to outdo herself after the franchise ends? Judging by the example set by her peers Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart, who both went from blockbuster franchises to award-winning careers, it is entirely possible.

Oscar glory like Jennifer Lawrence

The parallels between 'Divergent' and 'The Hunger Games' are obvious: both are sci-fi adventure stories with a strong-willed female protagonist and a dystopian setting. But there are also parallels between the career paths of the two stars: Shailene Woodley and Jennifer Lawrence.

Both entered show business at a young age through brief TV appearances, and both made a name for themselves on the big screen before age 20 thanks to indie roles. Lawrence claimed her first Oscar nomination for 'Winter's Bone', while Woodley grabbed a Golden Globe nomination for 'The Descendants', in which she co-starred with George Clooney.

Before taking on the role of Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence took part in another major Hollywood production, the 'X-Men' reboot, in the role of Mystique. Woodley, for her part, took her career to the next level as the lead of 'The Fault in Our Stars', adapted from the young-adult bestseller.

Notwithstanding her talent and charisma, Lawrence may not have become the Hollywood darling she is today if it weren't for filmmaker David O. Russell.

Under his direction, she earned Oscar nominations for her roles in 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'American Hustle'. The pair recently reunited to film 'Joy', a biopic of the American entrepreneur who invented the Miracle Mop.

The film has an Oscar-friendly release date of 25 December 2015.

In May 2016, Lawrence will reprise her role as Mystique in the latest episode in the 'X-Men' franchise, 'Apocalypse'.

A more eclectic career like Kristen Stewart

Woodley and Lawrence both call to mind another actress who rose to global stardom in a high-grossing franchise: former 'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart, who also entered the business at a young age.

Before playing Bella in the vampire movies, she had made a name for herself in David Fincher's 'Panic Room' and Sean Penn's 'Into the Wild'.

Since the last 'Twilight' movie, the actress has appeared in Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road', a film that took her to the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

After 'Snow White and the Huntsman', Stewart has graced the screen in a number of acclaimed films, including 'Sils Maria' by French director Olivier Assayas and 'Still Alice' with Julianne Moore. 

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent

    (2015)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Action, Science Fiction
  • Language
    Eng
  • (3 Reviews)