DIVERGENT's Shailene Woodley to Star in Shipwreck Drama ADRIFT
Actress Shailene Woodley has been making headlines for her political activism surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline lately, but now it appears the Divergent series star has a new movie lined up that has the potential to earn her some more acclaim for her work in front of the camera. Deadline reports that she'll star in Adrift, a new shipwreck film that's being referred to as "Gravity on the high seas."
Adrift is the true story of Tami Oldham and her fiancé, Richard Sharp, two young lovers and expert sailors who set out from Tahiti to sail around the world. Unfortunately, they sailed directly into a massive hurricane in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when they were over a thousand miles from land, and during the chaos, Tami was knocked unconscious. When she woke up, the boat was destroyed and both the life raft and Richard were gone. (Stop reading now if you don't want to know what happened to her in real life.) Improbably, Tami managed to overcome a head wound and a lack of food and water and somehow survived for 41 days as she sailed 1,500 miles to safety and landed in Hawaii.
What an insane story! Deadline says the film "has been pitched as an epic, romantic, uplifting account of how one woman’s great love helped her survive long odds, an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments, we are never alone." Sounds like a sure-fire crowd-pleaser and maybe even an awards contender. Aaron and Jordan Kandell wrote the screenplay on spec, Everest director Baltasar Kormakur is attached to direct, and the film is searching for a distributor and financier before a deal officially comes together to get this one off the ground. It should be cool to see Woodley — an actress I've liked since seeing her in The Spectacular Now a few years ago — in a survival thriller like this. What do you think?