Miles Teller on 'Divergent' TV Movie: "It Caught Us All by Surprise"
"We all signed on for it in hopes that it'd be released in theaters, and we all had every intention of finishing [the franchise]."
The news that Lionsgate is planning the final Divergent film as a TV movie was a shock to fans and actors alike.
"It caught us all by surprise," Miles Teller told The Hollywood Reporter at Wednesday's War Dogs premiere in New York City. The Lionsgate TV project, dubbed Ascendant, is also being positioned for a spinoff series.
Will he reprise his role as Peter in the dystopian franchise's finale? "At this point, it's a different set of circumstances," he said. "We'll see. I honestly haven't talked to anybody."
The fourth and final film was initially dated for theatrical release on June 9, 2017, but after the franchise's third installment — Allegiant, also starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Jeff Daniels — earned just $66 million domestically, Lionsgate began to rethink its strategy for the fourth film based on Veronica Roth's book series.
"Things do change anytime they're messing with something that was not the original intention," he continued. "We all signed on for it in hopes that it'd be released in theaters, and we all had every intention of finishing [the franchise]."
Teller — sporting blonde locks at the premiere for his role in the firefighter film Granite Mountain, and seen next in the PTSD drama Thank You for Your Service as well as the boxing title Bleed for This — says he still holds the franchise in high regard.
"I'm not kidding when I say that you won't find a single actor who worked in that franchise who would have anything bad to say about that experience," he said. "It's all good. I've got nothing but love for everybody I've worked with on that franchise."