Shailene Woodley Breaks From Teen Image in ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

Shailene Woodley is showing off a more adult side of herself in her upcoming movie, White Bird in a Blizzard. The 22-year-old actress has made a name for herself playing teenage roles in ABC Family’s Secret Life of an American Teenager and recent movies, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars. But while her character in White Bird in a Blizzard is also young, her story enters much more mature territory.

Based on Laura Kasischke’s book of the same name and directed by indie filmmaker Gregg Akai, the movie stars Woodley as Kat Connor, a 17-year-old in the midst of her first serious relationship–and, subsequently, her first sexual experiences. But as the formerly shy teen begins coming into her own, her beautiful but unstable mother, Eve Connor (played by Eva Green) suddenly disappears, leaving Kat and her father (Christopher Meloni) behind to try and make sense of it all. Things only get more confusing as investigators struggle to find any evidence towards the missing woman’s whereabouts and Kat ends up becoming involved with the police detective leading the case (Thomas Jane).

The trailer also depicts specific moments from Kat and her mom’s tumultuous relationship. In the teaser, Eve is unpredictable and mysterious, to say the least. Even Kat’s father admits that he doesn’t believe she ever loved him. Eve’s disappearance only makes the teenager’s feelings about her mother more complex and baffling, with her torn between desperately wanting to find her and feeling almost something like relief that she’s gone.