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Theo James to star with Shailene Woodley in Neil Berger's adaptation of best-seller Divergent

Mar. 15, 2013by: Paul Shirey
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TWILIGHT is dead, long live TWILIGHT!  It seems that Summit Entertainment is making moves to keep their stronghold on the young adult crowd after putting the shiny vampires in their grave, pushing forward with thier massively successful THE HUNGER GAMES series and now with Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT, a sci-fi set series.  Now, comes news that Theo James, star of Downton Abbey and UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING, will star as the character known as "Four" alongside the already cast Tris, played by Shailene Woodley.

In a joint statment, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said:

“Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.”

Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production, echoed their sentiments on the casting, saying:

“We took our time to find the right actor to fill the role of Four, and Theo is definitely the perfect fit. Veronica has crafted a truly iconic character in Four and we cannot wait to begin production and bring him and this story to life for millions of fans around the world.”

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.

DIVERGENT is set to open on March 21, 2014.

Oh, and I found this picture of Shailene Woodley for you. You're welcome.

 

Extra Tidbit: Fans of the book? Good news? Bad news? Meh news?
Source: Lionsgate

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10:33PM on 03/15/2013

Theo James

I've been watching him as the lead in the new show GOLDEN BOY.

Guy's good, real good. And just another one of those Brit actors who seems to have mastered the art of an American accent.
I've been watching him as the lead in the new show GOLDEN BOY.

Guy's good, real good. And just another one of those Brit actors who seems to have mastered the art of an American accent.
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8:14PM on 03/15/2013
I don't know what that flame symbol is suppose to be, other than an obvious knock-off of the Hunger Games symbol.
I don't know what that flame symbol is suppose to be, other than an obvious knock-off of the Hunger Games symbol.
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7:28PM on 03/15/2013
I'm a big fan of the book - it's a cut above lots of other YA dystopian fare. That said, it will be a tricky adaptation if they try and shoehorn this into the Twilight mould... Then it will inevitably suffer the same fate as Beautiful Creatures. As for the casting of Four, it is pretty much what you'd expect - a steely eyed dude with sexual charisma. That said, the character is more nuanced than that. This really does have the potential to be great, but I can also see it being cheesy if they
I'm a big fan of the book - it's a cut above lots of other YA dystopian fare. That said, it will be a tricky adaptation if they try and shoehorn this into the Twilight mould... Then it will inevitably suffer the same fate as Beautiful Creatures. As for the casting of Four, it is pretty much what you'd expect - a steely eyed dude with sexual charisma. That said, the character is more nuanced than that. This really does have the potential to be great, but I can also see it being cheesy if they pull back on the more violent elements, ala Hunger Games. Time will tell.
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