Yesterday was a great day for fans of Young Adult dystopian fiction. Amidst hype for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (which arrives in theatres next week), fans of Divergent, the bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, got the first full length trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation. The movie arrives in theatres on March 21, 2014.
Movie rights for Divergent were snatched up by Summit Entertainment back in March 2011, before the book was even released. Thanks to that little aforementioned trilogy called The Hunger Games, readers were thirsty for more dystopian fiction.
Instead of fighting to the death on live TV, teens in this world must undergo personality tests at age 16 to determine which of five factions they're best suited to. When Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) learns her results are inconclusive and she is what's known as divergent, she is in danger. She shortens her name to Tris and finds refuge in the faction known as Dauntless. But she can't hide forever, especially not from Jeanine Matthews (Kate winslet), leader of the faction Erdudite, who wants to wage war on divergents.
Hype for this movie has been substantial, and for good reason. Stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, and Ansel Elgort (who plays Tris's love interest Four) already have excellent track records, especially among their target audiences. Woodley is best known for her roles in The Descendants, The Spectacular Now, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Elgort was in the recent Carrie remake, and the two will reunite next year for another big YA movie adaptation, The Fault in our Stars. Winslet isn't as big in Young Hollywood, but has been acting since the early 90's and has started in movies like Heavenly Creatures and Titanic.
Back in bookland, Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy, was released on October 22. The first two books, Divergent and Insurgent , have spent significant time on the New York Times bestseller list, even months and years after their releases. So it looks like Divergent mania is here to stay. Will you be seeing the movie when it comes to theaters in March 2014?
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