Shailene Woodley in talks for ‘Divergent’

Would topline 'Hunger Games'-like franchise starter

Shailene Woodley is in final negotiations to star in the Summit’s “Divergent,” an adaptation of 24-year-old author Veronica Roth’s young-adult novel that has drawn close comparisons to Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” series.

Neil Burger will helm with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher producing through their Red Wagon banner.

The first of a planned trilogy, “Divergent” was acquired by Summit in March 2011, two months before it was published by Katherine Tegen Books, a division of HarperCollins Children’s Books. It quickly made the New York Times’ bestseller list and has sold 1.3 million copies.

With “Hunger Games”-like teen-on-teen violence in a futuristic setting, story follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, who lives in a world where society is divided into five factions that each represent a particular virtue: honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness and intelligence. “Snow White and the Huntsman” scribe Evan Daugherty was hired to adapt the book last summer.

Summit is planning to start production in March with the aim of releasing the pic in the first quarter of 2014.

With her show “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” coming to an end, the Paradigm and Principato-Young and The Savage Agency repped Woodley looks to be ready to make the jump to leading-lady status.

Besides “Divergent,” Woodley is also in talks to star as Mary Jane Watson in Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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