Jai Courtney Set as Eric in DIVERGENT; Oscar Isaac to Lead PARTISAN

     March 14, 2013


We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Drive star Oscar Isaac has been set to topline the indie Partisan, per Deadline.  Ariel Kleiman wrote and will direct the film, which is described as “a confronting fable about a vengeful man raising his children to attack the world that wronged him.”  Isaac has been landing a number of high profile roles as of late including William Monahan’s thriller Mojave and the crime drama Memorial Day.  Isaac will next be seen in Joel and Ethan Coen’s folk period pic Inside Llewyn Davis.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning a Good Day to Die Hard star joining the cast of the anticipated novel adaptation Divergent.

jai-courtney-divergentAdditionally, A Good Day to Die Hard and Jack Reacher star Jai Courtney has been cast in director Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s YA novel Divergent.  The story centers on a 16-year-old girl living in a world where society is divided into five factions that represent a particular virtue.  There’s Honesty, Selflessness, Bravery, Peacefulness, and Intelligence.  On a certain day, all 16-year-olds must choose which virtue they want to devote the rest of their life to, after which they undergo a rigorous initiation process for said virtue.

Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is set in the lead role with Kate Winslet also onboard, and now Variety reports that Courtney has signed on to star as Eric, the leader of the Dauntless faction which represents bravery.  We recently reported that Maggie Q (Nikita), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), and Ansel Elgort (Carrie remake) have entered negotiations to take on roles as well, but the production is still looking for its male lead to star opposite Woodley.  That should happen soon as filming is set to get underway in the next few months in anticipation of the pic’s March 21, 2014 release date.



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