First Footage from DIVERGENT Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

     August 22, 2013


The first footage from director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel Divergent has landed online ahead of the full trailer debut this coming Sunday, August 25th.  The futuristic thriller takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  This brief teaser doesn’t reveal much, but fans of the book will be happy to finally see the characters in action.  I was able to visit the Chicago set of the film earlier this year, and as a fan of the book I was encouraged by the direction Burger has taken.  It’s biggest obstacle, however, will be avoiding being labeled as a Hunger Games copycat.  Hopefully the full trailer does a nice job of distinguishing this as a wholly separate–and thoroughly entertaining–dystopian adventure.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser, and check back to see the trailer after its debut on MTV’s VMA’s on Sunday, August 25th.  If you missed Steve’s interview with Burger and Roth from Comic-Con, click here.  The film also stars Kate WinsletTheo James, Miles TellerJai CourtneyAshley JuddTony GoldwynRay StevensonZoe KravitzMaggie QMekhi PhiferAnsel ElgortChristian MadsenBen Lloyd-HughesBen Lamb, and Amy Newbold.  Divergent opens on March 21, 2014.

Via MTV.

Here’s the official synopsis for Divergent:

DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.


  • Baby Jean

    The marketing gurus over at Red Wagon have a tough assignment. “Catching Fire” comes out Nov. 2013, so hopefully between then and March 2014 they’ll succeed in convincing people Divergent isn’t a cheap clone. I do hope the movie’s a hit, if only for Shailene Woodley. After what happened with TASM2, it would help her burnish her credentials.

    • Leah

      she’s not jennifer lawrence, i try to like her but she has zero charisma to lead a possible franchise. Also, is really similar to the hunger games.

      • sammy

        Jennifer Lawrence is just some woman who dumbs herself down so people will love her and THG is a blatant rip off off Battle Royale; people still went to see that poor excuse of a movie

      • peter

        similar how? have you read the books?. The only thing comparable between them is that it’s in a dystopian future but if you go there then say every new sc-fi movie is similar to HG. Different stories different action different characters

      • Leah

        i only read half of the first one, i found it too boring so i droped, in my opinion was the same history in another ‘word’

        the movie also has an terrible ‘teen cast’, i saw all the lead actors in other projects and it was bad, Kate Winslet is by far the only atractive thing in this movie.

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