Aug. 29, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
Shailene Woodley kicked off 2014 with the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “White Bird in a Blizzard,” the Gregg Araki film in which she plays a teenager whose mother unexpectedly disappears. Two months later, she was forging her own path in a future Chicago in “Divergent,” the first big-screen adaptation of the bestselling young adult novels written by Veronica Roth. By midsummer, she was grappling with first love and a terminal cancer diagnosis in the breakout hit “The Fault in Our Stars.” But neither her demanding work schedule nor the attendant onslaught of exposure Woodley’s received appears to have created much stress or tension for the young actress, who has developed a reputation in Hollywood for her candor and earthiness. Both qualities were on display when the 22-year-old sat down with Hero Complex last month to discuss the August arrival […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 9:38 a.m.
The spring blockbuster “Divergent” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, bringing the first movie installment based on Veronica Roth’s young adult book series to home video. The sci-fi adventure film, which has earned nearly $275 million at the worldwide box office since opening in March, helped catapult its young cast, including rising star Shailene Woodley, into the public eye. Woodley portrays Tris Prior, a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into any of her society’s five rigidly divided factions in a dystopian future Chicago. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she meets Four, portrayed by English up-and-comer Theo James (“Downton Abbey,” “Golden Boy”). Four, a leader in Dauntless, helps train Tris and the other initiates while hiding his own mysterious past. James will reprise the role in the upcoming sequels — 2015’s “Insurgent,” 2016’s “Allegiant — […]
July 22, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
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. Hero […]
May 27, 2014 | 7:31 p.m.
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.
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 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 […]
Feb. 11, 2014 | 9:56 p.m.
“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 […]