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First look at Shailene Woodley in Neil Burger's adaptation of Divergent

Apr. 24, 2013by:
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Shailene Woodley is set to blow up with her upcoming roles in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and DIVERGENT, which is based on the best-selling YA novel by author Veronica Roth. Taking a cue from the similar success of THE HUNGER GAMES franchise, DIVERGENT is a female-driven adventure set in a dystopian future with a lean on social class warfare, where society is divided up into five factions. Woodley stars as the lead, Pris, who is the requisitte "chosen one" of the series. In this first image from the film, Woodley is seen standing still while knives are being tossed at her head after she takes the place of a "fellow Dauntless initiate."

Don't even blink:

Here's the synopsis:

DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (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. A man with a mysterious past, Four is Tris’s intense yet charismatic instructor and one of the leaders of the Dauntless faction.

I feel like Woodley got a bad rap for daring to step out into the light with no make-up on the set of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, but she will more than likely prove herself in the long run. She was terrific in Alexander Payne's THE DESCENDENTS and she's definitely got the charisma and looks to carry herself through to leading lady status. With both Spidey 2 and DIVERGENT onboard for next year, I reckon she'll test her mettle and then some.

DIVERGENT, directed by Neil Burger (LIMITLESS) and starring Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Theo James, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, Mekhi Phifer, and Tony Goldwyn is set for release on March 21, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Fans of the book: How's it lookin?

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1:33AM on 04/25/2013
I think we need to give her a chance at being MJ and see how it all turns out.
I think we need to give her a chance at being MJ and see how it all turns out.
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8:40PM on 04/24/2013
Big fan of the book, looking okay thus far. Biggest problem will be if they do a Beautiful Creatures and soften it for the Twilight set, which my gut says is what they're doing (chasing the almighty Hunger Games dollar!). I can really see the Dauntless ending up as emo jerkoffs rather than tattooed up badasses... I guess we'll see.
And just a heads up, the lead character is Tris, not Pris. Short for Beatrice.
Big fan of the book, looking okay thus far. Biggest problem will be if they do a Beautiful Creatures and soften it for the Twilight set, which my gut says is what they're doing (chasing the almighty Hunger Games dollar!). I can really see the Dauntless ending up as emo jerkoffs rather than tattooed up badasses... I guess we'll see.
And just a heads up, the lead character is Tris, not Pris. Short for Beatrice.
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1:49PM on 04/24/2013

What the fuck is up with all this social warfare bullshit!!!

No offense to Elysium-(i'm going to see it. I loved District 9 and this looks stellar, plot non withstanding)-but are we going to be flooded with social commentary movies disguised as blockbusters or sci-fi movies?
No offense to Elysium-(i'm going to see it. I loved District 9 and this looks stellar, plot non withstanding)-but are we going to be flooded with social commentary movies disguised as blockbusters or sci-fi movies?
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1:29PM on 04/24/2013
Love Shailene Woodley since the Descendants. My younger cousin always used to watch Secret Life of the American Teenager, whenever I saw the show I thought she was an incredibly great actress in an incredibly dumbed down show. Her talent was so far above the material that it's great to see her getting recognized enough to get into leading lady territory (or at least coming close to it).
Love Shailene Woodley since the Descendants. My younger cousin always used to watch Secret Life of the American Teenager, whenever I saw the show I thought she was an incredibly great actress in an incredibly dumbed down show. Her talent was so far above the material that it's great to see her getting recognized enough to get into leading lady territory (or at least coming close to it).
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