Feb. 20, 2014 | 1:32 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 a new clip from the dystopian action flick will debut Thursday during the Winter Olympics telecast on NBC. Hero Complex readers can check it out below. “Divergent,” the adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s bestselling young-adult trilogy, stars Woodley, known for her roles in “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now,” as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior. In a future version of Chicago in which people are tested when they are young, then divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues, Tris is born into Abnegation (which values selflessness), but her test reveals she is “divergent,” having an aptitude for multiple factions — something that is not allowed in the rigidly divided society. She hides […]
Feb. 04, 2014 | 11:20 a.m.
“Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James ziplined — yes, actually ziplined — onto “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night to debut the film’s newest trailer. Fans of Veronica Roth’s young-adult book trilogy on which the film is based will remember several key scenes in which characters zipline across Chicago’s skyline, but Woodley deadpanned to late-night talk-show host Kimmel that ziplining is her usual method of transit. “Traffic is just insane,” joked the 22-year-old actress. 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 dystopian future version of 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 has an aptitude for multiple […]
Jan. 09, 2014 | 11:17 a.m.
When the director and producers of the dystopian action-adventure film “Divergent” sought inspiration for the movie’s teenage heroine, they didn’t turn to “The Hunger Games’” Katniss Everdeen or “Twilight’s” Bella Swan, as might have been expected. Instead, the filmmakers recalled James Dean’s Jim Stark, the rebellious protagonist who defies his parents and his peers in 1955′s “Rebel Without a Cause.” “He just doesn’t feel at home,” director Neil Burger said. “So he goes looking for something more.” Such can be said of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who struggles against the pressures of conformity in “Divergent,” based on the bestselling trilogy by first-time novelist Veronica Roth. The tale, adapted for the screen by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, is set in a future version of Chicago — Burger filmed on location there — in which people are tested when they are young […]