Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, and Ansel Elgort Join Shailene Woodley in DIVERGENT

     March 11, 2013


The cast is filling out for director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s popular YA novel DivergentThe Descendants star Shailene Woodley is set as 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.

Summit/Lionsgate is planning Divergent as the first in a potential trilogy of films based on the book series (ie: hoping for another Hunger Games-sized hit), and now three more roles have been filled by Maggie Q (Nikita), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Ansel Elgort (Carrie).  Hit the jump to find out who they play.

divergent-book-coverPer Heat Vision, newcomer Elgort has landed the highly sought-after role of Caleb, the twin brother of Woodley’s character who turns his back on his family’s clan to be part of a different clan.  Elgort makes his feature film debut this fall in the Carrie remake, and it looks like he sufficiently impressed with his Divergent audition.  Additionally, Q is set to play Tori, the owner of a tattoo parlor who is part of the choosing ceremony that divides people into factions and a friend to Woodley’s Tris.  Kravitz, meanwhile, is set to play Christina, another girl who befriends Tris.

Kate Winslet was previously mentioned as being in negotiations for a role in the film, but this most recent report doesn’t include Winslet as part of the cast.  Whether she dropped out or is still in the negotiation process is unknown.  Production on Divergent is hoping to begin this spring in Chicago, after Woodley wraps her role as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Here’s the synopsis from the novel Divergent (via Amazon):

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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