Nov. 13, 2013 | 10:14 a.m.
“Divergent” fans got a glimpse of Tris Prior’s world in a new trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation and a live chat with the director Wednesday morning. The film, based on the popular young adult book trilogy by Veronica Roth, is set in a dystopian future in which teenagers are sorted into five factions based on their virtues. The trailer introduces heroine Tris, played by Shailene Woodley, who is born into the faction Abnegation, which esteems selflessness above all other characteristics. Like all teenagers, Tris takes an aptitude test to determine which faction she ultimately belongs to — Abnegation, Amity (kindness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery) or Erudite (intelligence). “The only way our society can survive is for each of you to claim your rightful place,” Kate Winslet’s Jeanine Matthews tells the young people in the trailer. “The future belongs to those […]
Nov. 11, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Set your alarms, “Divergent” fans. A new trailer for the film is slated to be revealed Wednesday morning, followed by a live chat with director Neil Burger. The new “Divergent” trailer will be unveiled at 8:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday in a live streaming event on YouTube.com/SummitScreeningRoom. Burger and various YouTube talent and fans will then host a live chat. The film, based on the popular young adult book trilogy by Veronica Roth, is set in a dystopian future in which teenagers are sorted into five factions based on their virtues. Heroine Tris, portrayed by Shailene Woodley in the big-screen adaptation, is born into Abnegation, which esteems selflessness above all other characteristics, but when tested she discovers she is “divergent” and possesses characteristics from more than one faction. Warned that her divergence is dangerous, Tris keeps her test results secret […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 4:32 p.m.
“The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen takes the spotlight on the cover of the latest issue of the Hero Complex print magazine, available now. The lead story in the issue takes a look at the new wave of empowered young women in genre films — not just “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, who returns to the arena in November’s anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but also “Divergent’s” Shailene Woodley and “Ender’s Game” actress Hailee Steinfeld. The issue also features new interviews with “Carrie” star Chloe Grace Moretz, discussing her take on the Stephen King-inspired horror classic, helmed by indie film icon Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Evangeline Lilly describing her role in Peter Jackson’s second installment in his planned J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” due in December. We also caught up with fan […]
Sept. 23, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.
Tris Prior’s birds and Four’s faction tattoos are on display in two new character posters for the upcoming big-screen adaptation of “Divergent,” the popular young adult novel by Veronica Roth. The film, due out March 21, is set in a dystopian future in which teenagers are sorted into five factions based on their virtues. Tris, portrayed by Shailene Woodley, is born into Abnegation, which esteems selflessness above all other characteristics, but when tested she discovers she is “divergent” and possesses characteristics from more than one faction. Warned that her divergence is dangerous, Tris keeps her test results secret and chooses to join Dauntless, a daring group that values boldness and courage, where she meets Four (Theo James), a leader of that faction. Like many Dauntless initiates, Tris gets tattoos soon after joining her new faction. In the books, Tris chooses […]
Aug. 25, 2013 | 11:34 p.m.
The new teaser for the upcoming film “Divergent” debuted Sunday evening, and it promises plenty of sci-fi action as Shailene Woodley’s Beatrice Prior becomes the target of suspicion in a dystopian future Chicago. Adapted from Veronica Roth’s series of novels set in a world where teens are herded together based on specific skills and attributes, “Divergent” centers on 16-year-old Tris Prior, who finds herself gifted in multiple areas. She’s labeled as an outcast yet finds herself in a position to affect the future of humanity. The new clip leads off with Kate Winslet’s Jeanine Matthews announcing, “The future belongs to those who know where they belong.” With Tris defying easy categorization, she’s soon forced to go on the run, being trained to fight for her life to survive. Opening March 21, 2014, the film, directed by Neil Burger, also stars […]
July 25, 2013 | 4:00 a.m.
Shailene Woodley needs a nap. It’s Friday morning in San Diego and the 21-year-old is slowly recovering from the previous day of Comic-Con International festivities where she and her cast mates presented the first footage of “Divergent” to screaming fans, danced to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” at an after party, and in between participated in a slew of press events. The madness came only 36 hours after director Neil Burger called it a wrap on the Chicago set of the film, which the studio will open next March as a hopeful new hit franchise for the young-adult audience. But Woodley can’t rest yet. She’s leaving for a bicoastal press tour to promote her upcoming indie “The Spectacular Now,” which opens on Aug. 2 and will soon begin work on adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel “The Fault in Our Stars.” […]
July 19, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.
On the heels of Thursday’s Comic-Con panel touting the upcoming sci-fi films “Ender’s Game” and “Divergent,” Summit Entertainment has released new promotional media for both films, offering a sneak peek at two grim visions of the future. The cache includes a series of banners for “Ender’s Game” showing the cast members crisply dressed in the uniforms of the International Fleet, the military force that protects the Earth from the hostile alien race known as the Formics. The cast includes Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young prodigy who could be the planet’s best hope for survival; Harrison Ford as Col. Hyrum Graff, who trains the young soldiers; and Ben Kingsley as the legendary Cmdr. Mazer Rackham. (Check out the gallery above for more.) FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Accompanying the banners is a new teaser video paying tribute […]
July 12, 2013 | 5:20 a.m.
Katniss Everdeen never intended to become an icon for a struggling people. Yet the scrappy, resourceful heroine at the heart of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “The Hunger Games” trilogy, with her signature braid, incomparable archery skills and defiant spirit, became a rare sort of pop-culture touch point precisely because she came to be embraced by a sometimes lost, sometimes achingly restless tribe: adolescents. But the wily teen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who trades places with her sister only to emerge as the unlikely victor in a battle to the death, didn’t only inspire Collins’ readers and the filmgoers who turned up for Gary Ross’ 2012 movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” to the tune of $408 million. Her success has also helped fuel a continuing, voracious appetite in Hollywood for sci-fi inflected tales featuring young women in empowered roles. “I’m a […]