‘Divergent': Victo Ngai IMAX poster spotlights Tris, Four

March 11, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.
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Ben Lloyd Hughes, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Divergent” fans have a new reason to be excited for the film’s opening — viewers attending the first IMAX screenings of the upcoming dystopian adventure on March 20 will receive a limited edition print featuring original artwork from artist and illustrator Victo Ngai.

Ngai’s work previously has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Village Voice and Wired, among other publications, and she was recently named to the 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30: Art & Style. She created the poster, pictured below, as part of the IMAX FANFIX program.

Those attending the first IMAX screenings of "Divergent" on March 20 will receive a limited edition print featuring original artwork by artist and illustrator, Victo Ngai.  (IMAX)

Those attending the first IMAX screenings of “Divergent” on March 20 will receive a limited edition print featuring original artwork by artist and illustrator, Victo Ngai. (Imax)

Adapted from the bestselling young adult fantasy by author Veronica Roth, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future version of Chicago where people are tested and 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. Her choice sees her ziplining, jumping on and off trains, knife-throwing and facing off against other kids.

“It’s not just about young people figuring their way through life,” Woodley told Hero Complex. “It’s about young people being in really adult situations, and they’re treated like adults, which is how adolescents are these days. Everybody’s incredibly smart, and there’s not a lot of movies that do that age range justice.”

In commenting on the inspiration behind the artwork, Ngai said in a statement released by Imax, “I wanted to capture the scene of Tris and Four jumping off a moving train as it not only represents the courage required to become a Dauntless, it also symbolized the leap from their old faction and life, a decision they cannot go back on.”

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

Hero Complex will host a free Imax screening of “Divergent” on Wednesday, March 19, at the AMC Burbank 16 & Imax in Burbank beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following the screening, “Divergent” actor Jai Courtney, director Neil Burger and producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick will be on hand for a Q&A moderated by Hero Complex contributor Rebecca Keegan.

Courtney, who has been cast as Kyle Reese opposite Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor in “Terminator: Genesis,” the 2015 reboot of the venerable sci-fi franchise, plays Eric, one of the Dauntless leaders who helps train the new initiates, though his methods are cruel.

To RSVP for the Imax screening, log on to www.latimes.com/Divergent starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday; RSVPs will close as soon as the screening is full.

To find out first about other upcoming Hero Complex IMAX screenings and special events, follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex.

For a more detailed look at “Divergent,” which opens in theaters March 21, click through the image gallery above.

– Gina McIntyre and  Noelene Clark

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