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Published On: Tue, Jan 21st, 2014

Shailene Woodley talks ‘Divergent’ with creators and new photos released

The latest images for upcoming movie Divergent teases stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James in another “sweet” moment.

la_ca_1219_divergentBeatrice “Tris” Prior, who struggles against the pressures of conformity in is based on the bestselling trilogy by first-time novelist Veronica Roth. The people are tested when they are young and subsequently divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues.

Tris is born into Abnegation, the faction that values selflessness, but her personality test reveals she is divergent, having an aptitude for multiple factions — something that is not allowed in the rigidly divided society. She hides her divergence and decides to join Dauntless, the faction based on bravery.

Her choice lands her among a group of tattooed warriors, including love interest “Four” (Theo James), and sees her leaping on and off trains, ziplining, shooting and knife-throwing, and facing off against other kids as part of a brutal initiation into the faction. But as it becomes more difficult to hide her divergence, Tris realizes that the faction system is flawed.

“She starts out questioning where she fits into society, and then by the end of the movie, she’s questioning society itself,” director Neil Burger said.

“She really is very, very self-sufficient and is her own kind of warrior in terms of she wanted to do her stunts herself,” producer Lucy Fisher said. “She has a huge amount of inner strength. … She’s very mature beyond her age, as is Tris.”

For star Shailene Woodley, the draw was the story’s universal appeal, she said, and its parallels with the world we live in.

“It’s not just about young people figuring their way through life,” she said. “It’s about young people being in really adult situations, and they’re treated like adults, which is how adolescents are these days. Everybody’s incredibly smart, and there’s not a lot of movies that do that age range justice.”

“This is a sort of dream city,” said producer Douglas Wick of the film. “It is a city that saved the world from great chaos. It is a city that has great harmony and the factions worked — but that system is starting to fray, which is our story.”

“Tris is a character with a lot of agency and a lot of power,” Roth said. “One of my rules for myself was Tris has to be somehow responsible for what happens to her, for better or for worse; no acts of God.”

The studio has already approved target dates for the next two films:  Insurgent on March 20, 2015, and finally Allegiant on March 18, 2016. (Due to the sequels Woodley will not be part of the Amazing Spider-Man films – she was cast as Mary Jane Watson.)

Kate Winslet, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Ashley Judd also star.

Divergent arrives in theaters on March 21, 2014

Shailene Woodley Theo James Divergent photo

shailene Woodley as Tris Divergent photo

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Maggie Q Shailene Woodley Divergent photo

Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Ben Lloyd-Hughes Divergent photo

Kate Winslett Divergent photo

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