Theo James

March 19, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

Actor Theo James relishes this ‘Divergent’ experience

"Insurgent" actor Theo James is photographed in Beverly Hills on March 6, 2015. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
It’s 2 p.m. on a Thursday, and Theo James is ready for his weekend to begin. “Can I get just a single shot of tequila?” the English actor asks a server at a trendy downtown L.A. eatery. Seconds later, James, 30, breaks out a movie star grin and an apologetic “Just kidding,” and takes another sip of espresso. If there were a faction for class clowns in the dystopian future, James, clearly would be sorted into it, given his talent for deadpan one-liners and his gift for winking, witty sarcasm. There’s little of that sort of levity, however, in the actor’s new movie, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.” Opening Friday, the film is the second in a planned four-part adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA trilogy about one special girl who sets out to bring down a corrupt system. A younger […]
Feb. 25, 2015 | 11:15 a.m.

‘Insurgent': Final trailer teases fear landscapes, explains Tris’ haircut

Tickets go on sale today for “Insurgent,” and the final trailer for the “Divergent” sequel shows young heroine Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) facing off against enemies both real and in her mind. “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, pits Tris and her allies against a ruthless leader (Kate Winslet) who is hellbent on hunting down people who are Divergent, meaning they don’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a futuristic Chicago. The film is slated for release March 20. Fans who purchase their tickets today on Fandango, MovieTickets.com, AMCTheatres.com or Cinemark.com can receive a free download of “Divergent.” The new trailer shows Tris and love interest Four (Theo James) arriving at peace-loving Amity faction, a farming community led by Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer). The trailer also features Tris’ new ‘do; she cuts her long locks […]
Jan. 16, 2015 | 11:30 a.m.

‘Insurgent’ video features stunts, new factions, mysterious box

A new featurette for “Insurgent” is out, offering fans of the Shailene Woodley-starring dystopian tale a behind-the-scenes look at new characters, locations and stunts in the sequel to last year’s “Divergent.” “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, follows young heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley),  a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. She joins Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, to hide her secret, and there meets love interest Four (Theo James). In “Insurgent,” Tris and her friends are fugitives on the run from ruthless leader of Erudite (the faction based on knowledge) Jeanine Matthews, who is hellbent on hunting down divergent people like Tris. “In […]
Dec. 12, 2014 | 10:48 a.m.

‘Divergent Series: Insurgent’ trailer features Kate Winslet’s villain

Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and Caleb (Ansel Elgort) in "The Divergent Series: Insurgent." (Andrew Cooper / Lionsgate)
The first trailer for “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” is out, offering a glimpse of Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) in action as they prepare to fight back against the cruel autocrat who tried to kill them in the first film. “Insurgent,” based on the second novel in Veronica Roth’s bestselling YA trilogy, follows young heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior,  a girl who discovers she doesn’t fit neatly into one of five rigidly divided societal factions in a dystopian future version of Chicago, but rather has aptitude for multiple factions — a dangerous trait known as divergence. INTERACTIVE: ‘Insurgent’ 3-D posters In the first film, “Divergent,” which drew more than $288 million at the international box office earlier this year, Tris tried to hide her abilities and joined Dauntless, the faction based on bravery, where she met love interest Four (James). […]
Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:48 a.m.

‘Insurgent': 3-D posters unveiled for ‘Divergent’ sequel

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Shailene Woodley’s Tris, Theo James’ Four and the rest of the “Insurgent” cast take on new dimension in a series of character posters released Tuesday. “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” — the second film in the movie franchise based on the bestselling YA novels by Veronica Roth — will be released in 3-D, Summit announced Tuesday, and in keeping that the new posters are interactive and in 3-D. The story is set in a future version of Chicago, where people are tested and sorted into five factions based on personality. Young heroine Tris Prior (Woodley) 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 the faction based on bravery, where she meets a […]
Aug. 29, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Divergent': Shailene Woodley, Theo James promise emotional ‘Insurgent’

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.

‘Divergent’ Blu-ray: Theo James on Four’s brand of good-guy heroism

Theo James is photographed in Beverly Hills on March 21, 2014. (Annie I. Bang / Associated Press)
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 — […]
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 11, 2014 | 3:10 p.m.

‘Divergent': Victo Ngai IMAX poster spotlights Tris, Four

Poster by Victo Ngai.  (IMAX)
“Divergent” fans have a new reason to be excited for the film’s opening — viewers attending the first IMAX screenings of the upcoming dystopian adventure on March 20 will receive a limited edition print featuring original artwork from artist and illustrator Victo Ngai. Ngai’s work previously has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Village Voice and Wired, among other publications, and she was recently named to the 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30: Art & Style. She created the poster, pictured below, as part of the IMAX FANFIX program. Adapted from the bestselling young adult fantasy by author Veronica Roth, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future version of Chicago where people are tested and divided into five factions based on their personalities and […]
Feb. 20, 2014 | 1:32 p.m.

‘Divergent': Watch Shailene Woodley threaten the system in new clip

“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 […]
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