Currently filming in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure is based on young adult novelist Veronica Roth’s New York Times bestseller and directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. Tony Goldwyn will portray Andrew, Tris’ father. He currently stars as President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s Scandal. Goldwyn is represented by CAA, Untitled, and Schreck, Rose, Dapello and Adams. Lionsgate’s Summit film will be released on March 21, 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet.
Theo James Cast As Four In ‘Divergent’; Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson And Miles Teller Also Starring
BREAKING: The male lead in Summit‘s Neil Burger-directed adaptation of Divergent has gone to Theo James, currently the star of the CBS series Golden Boy and whose credits include Downton Abbey and Underworld: The Awakening. He will star opposite The Spectacular Now‘s Shailene Woodley. The film’s set in a futuristic world where people are herded into factions based on their personalities. Woodley plays Tris Prior, who is deemed a “divergent” who doesn’t fit into any group and who learns she and other divergents are going to be destroyed. She needs to find out what makes these divergents so dangerous. James’ character Four is her intense instructor and one of the leaders of the Dauntless faction. For James, it’s a potential star-making role.
Summit is also closing deals with Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson and Miles Teller. They will join Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q in the cast. Erik Feig and Gillian Bohrer are overseeing for Lionsgate. The film is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel, and Vanessa Taylor and Evan Daugherty wrote the script. Production begins April in Chicago.
Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing. Summit will release the film theatrically in North America in The Hunger Games slot on Friday, March 21, 2014.
In a joint statement, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said, “Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.”
Jai Courtney, the former Spartacus star who played John McClane’s son in A Good Day To Die Hard, has joined Divergent, Summit Entertainment‘s film adaptation of the Veronica Roth bestseller. The film’s directed by Neil Burger, and Courtney joins Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. Evan Daugherty wrote the script and Red Wagon Entertainment’s Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing with Pouya Shahbazian. The futuristic adventure is set in a world where people are divided into factions based on personality. Woodley plays the young protagonist, who is classified a “divergent,” and told she will never fit into any specific group. She uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all “divergents,” and must find out why and and others like her are considered so dangerous. Summit has set a March 21, 2014 release.
Lionsgate execs had to do a little balancing act this morning when they talked to Wall Street analysts about the early plans for the movie version of author Veronica Roth’s …
Summit Entertainment is bearing down on the male lead in Divergent, the adaptation of the Neil Burger-directed adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel that will star Shailene Woodley. She’s the next hot gal after a breakout performance in The Descendants, followed by scoring the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. I’m told that Summit held Divergent “chemistry” readings yesterday that paired Woodley with four young actors: Luke Bracey, Brenton Thwaites, Lucas Till and Jack Reynor.
Since I barely got my high school Regent’s diploma with a 65 in chemistry (at the time it was a jump shot at the buzzer following the 32 I scored in trigonometry), I am the wrong person to ask about who emerged with a leg up by acing this chemistry test. But I think it means we should have a winner shortly, and it likely will be one of these up and comers.
EXCLUSIVE: Suddenly, The Descendants breakout Shailene Woodley has become the hot young actress in town. She’s in talks to play the Mary Jane role in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, and now I hear she is …
Lionsgate and Summit, companies built on the novel adaptations of The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, are staying on their bookish paths. So much so that the combined entity has a hold on the latest New York Times bestseller lists that the company’s betting will turn into box office success down the line. Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, tops the Children’s Paperback books list this week. Lionsgate-Summit’s feature adaptation of the dystopian teen tale, with screenplay by Evan Daugherty, is in pre-production now with plans to start filming later this year. If that proves a hit at theaters, the company also holds rights to the twentysomething author’s sequel Insurgent, which currently sits No. 1 on the Children’s Chapter Books list.