‘Divergent’ trailer: Shailene Woodley ziplines onto ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Feb. 04, 2014 | 11:20 a.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” stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James ziplined — yes, actually ziplined — onto “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night to debut the film’s newest trailer.

Fans of Veronica Roth’s young-adult book trilogy on which the film is based will remember several key scenes in which characters zipline across Chicago’s skyline, but Woodley deadpanned to late-night talk-show host Kimmel that ziplining is her usual method of transit.

“Traffic is just insane,” joked the 22-year-old actress.

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 dystopian future version of 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.

PHOTOS: ‘Divergent’ character posters

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 James. Her choice sees her jumping on and off trains, knife-throwing, facing off against other kids and, of course, ziplining.

The “Divergent” books are extremely popular and have drawn comparisons to Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy and Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. Asked by Kimmel whether he’s prepared for the likely praise or criticism from the series’ devoted fans, James joked about a plan to disguise himself.

“We have a regimen in the morning that we do,” he said. “It’s kind of press-ups and mask-wearing — how quickly we can get a mask on.”

Woodley said she’s not sure what to expect but is braced for fan response.

“The lack of anonymity would be the most daunting factor in taking on a movie like this,” she said.

Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Shailene Woodley in “Divergent.” (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)

Kimmel also teased the actress about her fondness for collecting her own drinking water from mountain springs — a healthy habit not shared by her costar.

“It’s just straight vodka in the morning,” he joked.

The pair introduced the new trailer (watch it at the end of the “Kimmel” clip above), which featured some key moments from the book, including Tris’ aptitude test, in which she faces a vicious dog, the capture the flag game at the Ferris wheel, and some steamy kissing between James and Woodley’s characters.

In addition to that couple, the film stars Woodley’s “A Fault in Our Stars” costar Ansel Elgort as Tris’ brother Caleb, Zoë Kravitz as her friend Christina, Ashley Judd as her mother Natalie Prior and Kate Winslet as leader Jeanine Matthews, among others.

A sequel titled “Insurgent,” based on the second installment in Roth’s series, is already in the works for March 2015.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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