Director Neil Burger unveiled Divergent's full trailer this week, and it's so good. It's been months since the first teaser trailer came out, and this full trailer has so much more about the plot of the futuristic YA adaptation. We see Tris (Shailene Woodley) preparing for her Choosing ceremony, we get to go inside her head as she struggles inside the water tank during her simulation, and there's even more make-out action with Four (Theo James). We also get a look at Ashley Judd as Tris's mother, more footage of Kate Winslet as controlling Erudite Jeanine Matthews, and Tris's initiation into the Dauntless faction. Most importantly: we get to see Four's back tattoo, which is shown off in all its glory in his sexy character poster.
I'm so hopeful for this adaption, and the trailer is just making me more excited to see the big screen version of Veronica Roth's novel. I love that this footage shows more of the simulations, because that's what I'm most curious to see translated onscreen. The film opens March 21, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
The character posters for Divergent have arrived, and they are sexy. Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), and Peter (Miles Teller) are just a few of the Dauntless crew to be featured in the posters, along with their prominently placed tattoos. The YA adaptation hits theaters on March 3, and even if you don't know what it's about, you can still appreciate the view — and the film's fine gentlemen. Click through to take a look!
There are still a few months until we get to see the film adaptation of the popular YA trilogy Divergent, and while we've already given you a Divergent guide for beginners, there's something else you need to know. In the cast of the film are three up-and-coming, totally adorable actors, and we'd like to give you a rundown of each one.
Theo James, 28, is a British actor who played a Turkish diplomat on the first season of Downton Abbey and earlier this year had a short-lived CBS series called Golden Boy. After appearing in the fourth installment of the Underworld franchise last year, he's finally getting his chance to be center stage as the male lead in Divergent.
Theo plays Four in Divergent, the instructor who eventually becomes a love interest for Tris (played by Shailene Woodley). Four is gruff, incredibly brave, and, at times, a little intense.
Take a look at our Comic-Con interview with him, in which you'll notice he's very thoughtful and very British. It only adds to his appeal, really.
With his perfectly chiseled jaw and flawless olive skin, we just know we'll be completely captivated while he's on screen. Don't believe us? Here's an example of his work on the CBS series Golden Boy:
Such fine acting skill! Also, we're not even able to talk about this one yet:
If that's not enough to get you on the Theo train, it just means less competition for us. After Divergent, we can look forward to seeing him alongside Dakota Fanning in the upcoming film Franny.
Get an introduction to the other two Divergent guys after the jump.
Divergent focuses on a futuristic society that's dark, gritty, and trains teenagers to beat the crap out of each other — all of which made for an intriguing movie set to visit. For starters, the film was actually shot in Chicago, where the bestselling novel is set, putting a stamp of authenticity on the project immediately. Inside the studio, the film's stars — Shailene Woodley and Theo James as leads Tris and Four, as well as Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, and many others — were clad in edgy, black street clothes, which reflects the general demeanor of the Dauntless: tough, mysterious, and rough around the edges. When the cameras stopped rolling, however, the cast was impossibly charming and goofy. As I waited with other reporters, Shailene and Theo wrapped a scene and started teasing each other even before we began the interview, with Shailene poking fun at Theo's muscle-baring tank top by announcing "I brought a male stripper with me."
The clear chemistry between Shailene and Theo should put any fears about Theo's casting to rest — especially since, according to them, Four will be a little bit older in the movie than the book. They made light of Theo's age in the interview, but it's clear that Divergent is a project they both take pretty seriously. Read on to see how they compare their onscreen romance to Twilight, their favorite scenes to film, and more.
Are you feeling the pressure of being the next YA heroine?
Shailene Woodley: No, I think if I thought about that I might go insane. It's funny because it is based on a book, but the movie that we're making is quite different from the book in a lot of ways. There seems to be a gap between the two, and it's hard to associate between the fan bases. Everybody is stressing about that and I don't really pay any attention to it; I'm so far removed from that world that I don't think about it.
Theo James: You can't be too influenced by what's going on [with the fans]. You want to be concentrating on the material because that's where the story is coming from, obviously, but you also have to do your own thing, and your own message, and your own interpretation.
Which actor, when you first saw him/her in character, most matched what you imagined when you were reading the book?
TJ: I thought particularly with this [movie], the casting was really good. I know I'm supposed to say that. I think they made a really smart choice with Shai because she's strong, but then there's an emotionality to her, which is really endearing, but not in a weak way, it's in a complex way. And then when I saw Miles [Teller, who plays Peter], I thought he was perfect for it because he's not just a straight bad guy. He has a wryness and a complexity to him that you kind of like him a little bit as well. He's not just this evil foil for making snarky remarks for Shai. He's more of a rounded character than that because he's a good actor, but also because it was good casting. And then Ray [Stevenson, who plays his father] was cool because he's this big dude, and he's kinda dark. He needed to have that kind of hold over Four's character. He needed to be someone formidable in strength.
How is the movie different from the book?
SW: There are some things in the book that, logic-wise, wouldn't make sense in a theatrical way. So we had to switch the way that we were presenting it because logically it just didn't line up.
TJ: There's also some talk about age. The age is unspecified.
SW: Four, in the movie, is 33.
TJ: He's 55. He has a cane. No, he's supposed to be around that age [of 18] but a few years on that. For example, for him to have the experience as a leader and as someone of as high skill as he is, I think it makes a bit more sense if he's been there a bit longer. Only a few more years, but it means that he's had a lot more experience than these Initiates who are coming in.
Do the differences bother you?
SW: It has to be different. I mean, there are some things about the book that I miss. I think their relationship in the book is slightly different. Obviously there's only a certain amount of scenes that we can play in this movie. So we had to pick the most important ones.
TJ: You get less time to establish all the nuances, which you miss.
SW: But it's good, don't worry, it's good.
To see which key scenes you can still expect to see in the movie, just read more.
What do Divergent author Veronica Roth and the adaptation's cast members Ansel Elgort and Christian Madsen have in common? They're all really psyched about seeing the Divergent movie. The author sat down for a Q&A in NYC this week and surprised the screaming audience by bringing out Elgort, who plays Caleb, and Madsen, who plays Al. (See Elgort's adorable Instagram below.) Roth also discussed the last book of her popular series, Allegiant, which hit shelves this week.
Here are the highlights of what we learned from the young author — 25 years old and already a bestselling author — and the stars of Divergent!
Today, the final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, is being released. The buzzy YA franchise is on its way to being the next pop culture phenomenon, since the film adaptation of the first book, Divergent, is coming in March. However, it's entirely possible you haven't gotten sucked into the world of the dystopian thriller series, so we're giving you the skinny on the latest pop culture sensation.
Star Shailene Woodley, who plays main character Tris, breaks it down in this video, along with costars Kate Winslet and Theo James. Basically, this society has decided that everyone can be divided into a category based on their most prevalent quality. In Divergent, you get tested for this when you're 16, which means leaving your family if you choose a different faction.
At some point in time between present day and Divergent's time, it was decided that people would get along more harmoniously if they were divided by these qualities, and that they could make a better contribution to society if they were exploiting their particular skill set.
There are five factions:
Abnegation: Defined by their selflessness.
Candor: These are honest people.
Amity: This peace-loving faction likes singing, art, and simple pleasures.
Dauntless: These thrill-seekers are physically strong.
Erudite: These are the smart people. Kate Winslet stars as their leader.
If you saw the trailer, then you learned that Tris is "Divergent" when she takes the test to determine her faction. It means that Tris doesn't fit into just one category.
If you're Divergent, it means you can't be controlled. And maybe you guessed it already, but the system isn't exactly running as smoothly as it's supposed to — and it's important that people can be controlled.
The setup is a bit similar; Divergent has a strong female character, features violence between its young characters, and it's set in a dystopian future where citizens are divided up. But that's pretty much where the Hunger Games comparisons end, and things diverge (yes, I said it). However, if you enjoyed The Hunger Games series, you'll probably like Divergent.
Yes. This guy, Theo James, who plays Tris's love interest Four, may be your new movie crush.
It's no secret that young-adult book series are having a pretty big moment right now, like Veronica Roth's Divergent, which is one of the most hotly anticipated movie adaptations of 2014, and the third novel in the book trilogy, Allegiant, comes out next week. The story is set in a postapocalyptic Chicago, where society is divided into different groups called factions based on character traits (like Dauntless, Candor, and Erudite). Roth wrote the books while she was a student at Northwestern University. Naturally, watching her books grow in fandom and exposure has changed her life. I chatted with the author about the genesis of Divergent, her experience on the set of the film, and what we can expect from the final novel in the series.
POPSUGAR: What's this whole experience been like for you, from writing Divergent in college to seeing it get made into a movie?
Veronica Roth: It's been amazing. It's obviously not what I was expecting when I was in my rubber ducky pajamas writing this first book on Winter break. It's been definitely kind of transformative. It's definitely changed me as a writer, and it's been really exciting.
PS: When it comes to casting the movie and writing the screenplay, how hard is it to pass off your work to someone else?
VR: I think I was prepared for the difficulty of it. Obviously, it's always a challenge to give up the reins and let someone else take over, but I was also just so excited to see how other people would interpret the story and the world that every time I read a script or I saw the ideas that they were putting together for the movie, it was just really exciting, and kind of gave me a new perspective on what the world might look like or what the story could've been if I had written it a different way. It was really interesting and far more positive than I had originally anticipated.
PS: Which casting do you think is the most spot-on?
VR: That's a good question. I think it's kind of a tie, and they did an incredible job on the leads. When I saw Shailene [Woodley] as Tris for the first time, I was like, "Yup! There it is. It's perfect." Even though she's not a tiny blond girl, I think she does a great job with it. And Theo James as Four, he looks just right and he acted just right. They've done a great job with those leads.
PS: Have you had a chance to visit the set?
VR: I did! It was really amazing. I walked in and I was speechless for about two hours. And they kept trying to introduce me to people, and I would just stare at them because I was so stunned. It was really incredible to see the world realized in such great detail.
PS: Did any of the actors want to pick your brain about their characters?
VR: A few of them were really interested in my analysis. I think it depends on the character; some of them are straightforward, but others, like Peter [played by Miles Teller], for example, are a little harder to understand, and I think they wanted to get a better grasp. And obviously I'm happy to talk that through with them. It's kind of a weird, surreal experience to do that.
To see which scenes Roth is most excited about and how she feels about The Hunger Games, just read more
The first trailer for Divergent came out over the weekend, and it's getting us even more excited for the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling young-adult novel. The preview is exciting, and so are all the pictures from the movie so far, like Shailene Woodley as heroine Tris, Theo James as Four, and Kate Winslet as Erudite leader Jeanine. Check out all the pictures of the stars, plus the stunt-filled images from the movie!
The trailer for the adaptation of futuristic young adult novel Divergent is here! Shailene Woodley stars as Tris, a teenage girl who has to choose a "faction" in a dystopian US, but she discovers that she's actually classified as divergent, meaning she doesn't fit into any faction — and can't be controlled, which makes her a danger in the eyes of the controlling faction Erudite, the leader of which is played by Kate Winslet. To stay undetected, Tris picks the Dauntless faction, and the trailer gives us a look at the death-defying acts that she and her fellow initiates endure, like jumping off trains and other stunts from the book, like Tris's and Four's (Theo James) Ferris wheel climb.
Whether you've read the book or not, the trailer looks pretty incredible — and so does Tris's tough love interest, Four, whom we see her share a hot kiss with. I'm also excited to see that Winslet's role has been expanded for the movie — it's just one of the things I'm looking forward to in this adaptation. Divergent comes out March 21 of next year, but you can watch the trailer now after the jump.