‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’ finds director in Robert Schwentke

Feb. 11, 2014 | 9:56 p.m.

Ben Lloyd Hughes, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)

Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Ben Lamb, Zoe Kravitz and Jai Courtney in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)

Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn and Ansel Elgort in "Divergent." (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller and Ben Lloyd Hughes in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)

Shailene Woodley, author Veronica Roth and director Neil Burger on the set of "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)

Theo James, left, and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Shailene Woodley, left, and Theo James in "Divergent." (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Director Neil Burger, left, Jai Courtney and Theo James on the set of "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)

“Divergent,” the new film starring Shailene Woodley as a young warrior in a futuristic society, doesn’t arrive in theaters until March 21, but its sequel, “Insurgent,” has found a director in Robert Schwentke.

The filmmaker will take the reins of the dystopian franchise adapted from Veronica Roth’s bestselling novels, according to a statement released by studio Summit on Tuesday. Akiva Goldsman is writing the screenplay for the second film in the planned series, based on a draft by Brian Duffield.

Woodley, known for her roles in “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now,” plays heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior in “Divergent,” directed by Neil Burger. The story is set in a future Chicago, in which people are tested when they are young and subsequently divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Tris’ personality test reveals she is divergent, or has an aptitude for multiple factions and doesn’t fall neatly into one category — a dangerous trait in the rigidly divided society. She hides her divergence and decides to join the faction based on bravery, where she meets a group of tattooed warriors including love interest Four, played by Theo James.

“Divergent’s” cast also features Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer and Kate Winslet.

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“Insurgent,” which tracks Tris’ journey as war looms, will be shot in Atlanta and Chicago and is set for release on March 20, 2015.

“We are excited to announce that we have found the perfect director to carry on the story of Tris Prior and the expanded world of ‘Insurgent’ in Robert Schwentke,” said Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s president of production, in a statement. “Robert, with whom we have already had a successful relationship, has proven a master storyteller in multiple genres and we can’t wait to see what he brings to Veronica Roth’s next installment of the ‘Divergent’ series.”

The German-born Schwentke has directed films including “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Flightplan” and Summit’s “Red.” His most recent film, “R.I.P.D.,” flopped at the box office last year.

The third film in the series based on Roth’s novels, “Allegiant,” is slated to open on March 18, 2016.

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