Veronica Roth

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 […]
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, […]
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 24, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Divergent': Kate Winslet shakes things up with a villainous turn

Kate Winslet says she relished the challenge of her calculating character in 'Divergent,' one of the few blockbuster films she's starred in. (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages)
It’s been a year of change for Kate Winslet. The newly married English actress welcomed her third child, received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is playing her first genuine baddie on the big screen in this past weekend’s blockbuster action film “Divergent.” “I wanted to be in a film that was just completely different to everything that I’ve done,” she said last week between sips of cranberry soda at the L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. “Divergent,” directed by Neil Burger, is the first in a trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult book series about a future where people are strictly sorted into factions based on their personality: The brave go to Dauntless, the honest to Candor, the kind to Amity, the selfless to Abnegation and the intelligent to Erudite. Shailene Woodley plays a heroine […]
March 23, 2014 | 3:58 p.m.

‘Divergent’ director talks deviating from Veronica Roth novel, fan ire

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“Divergent” director Neil Burger had to create a vivid future Chicago, cast a unique, young female warrior and distill Veronica Roth’s dense, 487-page book into a 139-minute movie. But perhaps his trickiest task was to make a movie that would satisfy “Divergent’s” loyal fan base. At a Hero Complex preview screening of the film March 19 at the AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX theater, Burger discussed how he handled fan expectations and how involved Roth was in the production — right down to a cameo role. “I had thousands of questions for her,” Burger said. Set in a futuristic Chicago where people are divided into factions based on their personalities, “Divergent” stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, a young woman who doesn’t fit into any one faction. PROFILE: Shailene Woodley embraces being divergent Actor Jai Courtney, who plays Eric, an intimidating […]
March 14, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

‘Divergent’ director Neil Burger: Tris Prior’s tale is a hero myth

Ben Lloyd Hughes, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)
Tris Prior may be arriving on the big screen after Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games,” Clary Fray of “The Mortal Instruments” and the princesses of “Frozen,” but “Divergent” director Neil Burger sees the film’s young protagonist as more than just the latest in a recent string of booty-kicking heroines. Rather, Burger says, the leading lady in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel is an example of a classic mythical hero. “Divergent,” which makes its theatrical debut in a week, follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) as she tries to find her place in a future world where people are categorized by their personalities and strictly divided into factions based on those virtues. Tris is born into Abnegation, the faction that values selflessness, but her personality test reveals she is divergent, meaning she doesn’t fit neatly into any single faction. […]
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. 27, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.

‘Divergent': Advance tickets on sale March 4 for Veronica Roth tale

Tickets for “Divergent” — the dystopian adventure movie based on the bestselling book trilogy by Veronica Roth — will go on sale March 4, Summit Entertainment announced Thursday. The film, which stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James among others, is due in theaters March 21. Moviegoers who purchase tickets on Fandango or MovieTickets.com on March 4 will receive a free downloadable copy of Roth’s book, and those who purchase before March 21 can be entered into a sweepstakes for a walk-on role in the film’s sequel, “Insurgent,” which is in the works for March 2015. In “Divergent,” Woodley (“The Descendants,” “The Spectacular Now”) plays heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior. The story is set in a dystopian future version of Chicago, in which people are tested and divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Tris’ personality test […]
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 […]
Feb. 11, 2014 | 9:56 p.m.

‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’ finds director in Robert Schwentke

“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 […]
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