Octavia Spencer

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, […]
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