Can Divergent succeed in being a blockbuster like Twilight and The Hunger Games? One thing that makes Divergent a contender with Hunger Games and Twilight is its book sales, which is on track to meet the same sales numbers of the first books of those book series.
Next, it’s got a solid leading lady in The Descendants star Shailene Woodley and finally, Summit Entertainment only just began production on the YA adaptation, but are starting the marketing now, dropping the first image of the movie on EW.
Woodley, who is proving to be one of the more exciting young talents working today, told MTV News earlier this year:
After I read the book, I was really profoundly moved, and it’s really metaphorical for things that are going on today, specifically things that I’m passionate about and things that I want to make public and things that I want to educate people on. So I think it’s a really great platform, not only artistically but also from a human level just to expose these kind of messy, nasty things that are going on in our country.
Based on the first book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA series, the film also stars Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen and Amy Newbold.
Divergent directed by Neil Burger (Limitless) opens on March 21st, 2014.
Check out the debut picture.
Here’s the official 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.