Shailene Woodley is preparing to portray the life of another American teenager.
The "Descendants" star will soon be embarking on a darker sort of high school drama as she's signed on to star in "The Spectacular Now," according to Variety.
"The Spectacular Now" follows a teenage girl (Woodley) who convinces an alcoholic high school senior that his philosophy of living only for the moment may not be all it's cracked up to be. The adaptation of Tim Tharp's award-winning novel is finally becoming a reality after four years in development hell.
Woodley joins Thomas McDonnell in the film, who was seen last year in "Prom" and will be seen next month as a young Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows."
We were wondering if Shailene Woodley was ever going to do another movie! She's apparently been flooded with offers since her acclaimed turn as George Clooney's troubled daughter in "The Descendants," but until now she's been concentrating strictly on her gig as Amy Juergens on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." We're not sure how she's managed to avoid the comic book movies, horror flicks and "edgy" fairy tales currently being embraced by her peers, but we certainly hope that her signing on to "Spectacular" means we'll now be seeing a lot more of her.
"The Spectacular Now" will commence with production this summer under the direction of James Ponsoldt, who knows a thing or two about alcoholic characters after directing this year's Sundance hit, "Smashed," starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a hard drinker looking to get sober.