Tris Prior’s birds and Four’s faction tattoos are on display in two new character posters for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of “Divergent,” the popular young adult novel by Veronica Roth.
The film, due out March 21, is set in a dystopian future in which teenagers are sorted into five factions based on their virtues. Tris, portrayed by Shailene Woodley, is born into Abnegation, which esteems selflessness above all other characteristics, but when tested she discovers she is “divergent” and possesses characteristics from more than one faction. Warned that her divergence is dangerous, Tris keeps her test results secret and chooses to join Dauntless, a daring group that values boldness and courage, where she meets Four (Theo James), a leader of that faction.
Like many Dauntless initiates, Tris gets tattoos soon after joining her new faction. In the books, Tris chooses three birds to represent the family members she left behind. Later in the story, Tris discovers that Four’s tattoos feature the symbols of all five factions — Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Amity and Erudite.
The posters, released Tuesday, feature both characters’ tattoos, and a new video featurette titled “Taking a Stand” offers a glimpse of the story’s heroes in action, bringing many scenes from the books to life, including the choosing ceremony, train-jumping and, of course, Tris’ dramatic first entrance into Dauntless headquarters.
“In the ‘Divergent’ world, you don’t question the rules,” Woodley says in the video. “You don’t question the system. Tris does question the system, and that’s an incredibly scary place to be in.”
The threat is emphasized by Kate Winslet’s cruel Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews.
“Divergents are not pure,” she says in the video. “They are ruining the system, and the only way for the system to survive is to exterminate the divergents.”
The film, directed by Neil Burger, also stars Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson and Miles Teller, among others.
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