Divergent

July 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Divergent’ producers tap Veronica Roth’s Dauntless power for sequel

Theo James, left, and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)
While the spring blockbuster “Divergent” doesn’t arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until Aug. 5, the first film based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult book trilogy is available for digital download Tuesday, giving fans a chance to catch up with the dystopian adventure set in a future version of Chicago.   “Divergent,” which has earned nearly $275 million at the worldwide box office since opening in March, follows Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), a young heroine where people are tested and sorted into five factions based on personality. Tris finds out she is divergent, meaning she 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 Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she finds herself among a group of tattooed warriors. […]
May 27, 2014 | 7:31 p.m.

‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’ begins production in Atlanta

Shailene Woodley is heading back to dystopian Chicago. Lionsgate announced Tuesday that principal photography for “Insurgent,” next year’s planned sequel to“Divergent,” commenced on location in Atlanta. The film adaptation of the second book in Veronica Roth’s massively successful “Divergent” trilogy will see Woodley reprising her role as Tris Prior and tracks her journey as a fugitive with compatriot Four (Theo James), fleeing from the ruthless Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) as war between the factions looms. The pair is tasked with uncovering the mystery of  Tris’ family’s sacrifice and why the Erudite leaders are so intent on stopping them. Earlier this year, in an interview with Hero Complex, Winslet spoke about her experience working with Woodley. “I think she has one up on me in many ways because she’s been working in this industry for longer than I had done […]
May 12, 2014 | 1:04 p.m.

‘Insurgent’: Octavia Spencer to play Johanna in ‘Divergent’ sequel

Actress Octavia Spencer will play Johanna in the "Divergent" sequel, "Insurgent." (Courtesy of Lionsgate)
Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer is set to join the cast of “Insurgent,” playing Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, in the sequel to this spring’s “Divergent.” Robert Schwentke will direct the film, the adaptation of the second novel in author Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult series, and Shailene Woodley will reprise her role as Tris Prior, the young heroine who finds herself at odds with the government of a future society that tests and sorts its citizens into five factions based on personality. After Tris finds out she is divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for multiple factions and doesn’t fall neatly into one category, she hides her divergence and decides to join Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she finds herself among a group of tattooed warriors. “Insurgent” tracks Tris’ journey as war between the factions looms, […]
April 11, 2014 | 8:52 a.m.

‘Allegiant,’ the finale to ‘Divergent,’ will be split into two films

“Allegiant,” the third book in Veronica Roth’s massively successful “Divergent” trilogy, will get a two-part big-screen adaptation, Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate announced Friday. “Allegiant – Part 1” will be released in theaters on March 18, 2016 and “Allegiant – Part 2” on March 24, 2017. The Shailene Woodley-starring “Divergent,” based on Roth’s first book in the dystopian adventure series, has earned more than $116 million at the domestic box office since opening three weeks ago, and is set to open in France, Germany, Russia, Australia and other markets this weekend. Pre-production for “Insurgent,” based on the second book in the series, is  underway, with Robert Schwentke taking the reins from “Divergent” director Neil Burger. That film is set to open March 20, 2015. In splitting the final installment into two parts, Summit is following a formula proved successful by the […]
March 26, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Divergent’ director on why he cut, changed scenes from the book

Adapting an already-beloved book for the big screen is no easy feat, but with “Divergent,” director Neil Burger says he wasn’t afraid of the fans. In developing “Divergent,” based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young-adult book trilogy, Burger made major changes to the details of heroine Tris Prior’s tale while aiming to stay true to the spirit of the story. The movie follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) as she tries to find her place in a future society in which young people are sorted and divided into factions based on personality. Tris finds out she is divergent, meaning she has an aptitude for multiple factions — a trait that could get her killed in the rigidly divided society. She decides to keep her divergence a secret and joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery. For the film, Burger changed several aspects of […]
March 25, 2014 | 3:21 p.m.

‘Divergent’ director: Working with young cast was like ‘herding cats’

“Divergent” was No. 1 at the box office over the weekend, and pre-production for the sequel “Insurgent” is already underway. The second installment in the planned movie trilogy, based on the bestselling young adult book series by Veronica Roth, is slated for a March 20, 2015, release and will be directed by Robert Schwentke, the German-born director whose credits include “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Flightplan,” “Red” and “R.I.P.D.” Schwentke takes the reins from “Divergent” director Neil Burger, who laid the groundwork for the story’s second act. Burger, who expressed sadness to be leaving the franchise,  said he’s proud of his decisions for the first film, especially its casting. Shailene Woodley, the 22-year-old actress whose performances in “The Spectacular Now” and “The Descendants” turned critics’ heads, stars as the film’s young heroine, Tris Prior, a girl trying to find her place in a future world […]
March 25, 2014 | 10:28 a.m.

‘Divergent’: Ashley Judd on Natalie Prior, wiping out Woodley

Ashley Judd in "Divergent." (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)
“Divergent” dominated at the box office over the weekend, shining a spotlight on the talents of young actress Shailene Woodley, who plays the film’s heroine Tris Prior. Woodley was supported by a large cast of many up-and-comers and a handful of seasoned Hollywood veterans, including Kate Winslet, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q and Ashley Judd, who plays Tris’ mother Natalie Prior. “Divergent,” based on the bestselling young adult book series by Veronica Roth, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people are sorted into factions based on personality. Judd and Woodley’s characters are members of Abnegation, the faction based on selflessness, but after Tris finds out she’s divergent (meaning she has aptitude for multiple factions — something that’s not allowed in the rigidly divided society), she decides to hide her divergence and join Dauntless, the faction that values bravery. Though the society lives […]
March 24, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Divergent’: Kate Winslet shakes things up with a villainous turn

Kate Winslet says she relished the challenge of her calculating character in 'Divergent,' one of the few blockbuster films she's starred in. (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages)
It’s been a year of change for Kate Winslet. The newly married English actress welcomed her third child, received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is playing her first genuine baddie on the big screen in this past weekend’s blockbuster action film “Divergent.” “I wanted to be in a film that was just completely different to everything that I’ve done,” she said last week between sips of cranberry soda at the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. “Divergent,” directed by Neil Burger, is the first in a trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult book series about a future where people are strictly sorted into factions based on their personality: The brave go to Dauntless, the honest to Candor, the kind to Amity, the selfless to Abnegation and the intelligent to Erudite. Shailene Woodley plays a heroine […]
March 23, 2014 | 3:58 p.m.

‘Divergent’ director talks deviating from Veronica Roth novel, fan ire

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“Divergent” director Neil Burger had to create a vivid future Chicago, cast a unique, young female warrior and distill Veronica Roth’s dense, 487-page book into a 139-minute movie. But perhaps his trickiest task was to make a movie that would satisfy “Divergent’s” loyal fan base. At a Hero Complex preview screening of the film March 19 at the AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX theater, Burger discussed how he handled fan expectations and how involved Roth was in the production — right down to a cameo role. “I had thousands of questions for her,” Burger said. Set in a futuristic Chicago where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, a young woman who doesn’t fit into any one faction. PROFILE: Shailene Woodley embraces being divergent Actor Jai Courtney, who plays Eric, an intimidating […]
March 22, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Divergent’ filmmakers talk finding Tris, Eric’s menacing tattoos

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“Divergent” director Neil Burger and producer Doug Wick went to great lengths to assemble a dynamic young cast for the film, but the movie’s most important role came easily, according to Wick, after a meeting with actress Shailene Woodley, who had just come off “The Descendants.” “We were preparing to do a worldwide search,” Wick said at a Hero Complex preview screening of “Divergent” March 19 at the AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX theater. “She seemed so exactly Tris. The worldwide search quickly went away.” Based on a novel by Veronica Roth and set in a futuristic Chicago where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, “Divergent” stars Woodley as a young woman who doesn’t fit into any one faction. MORE: What Shailene Woodley’s costars had to say about her Burger, Wick, and Jai Courtney, who plays Eric, the […]
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