Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Ansel Elgort (Carrie) have joined the cast of director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) adaptation of author Veronica Roth’s popular YA novel Divergent.
One of the Hollywood’s front-runners for their next Young Adult phenomenon takes place in a world where teenagers must choose which faction they will belong to, with the choices being Honesty, Selflessness, Bravery, Peacefulness, and Intelligence.
Thesp trio will play alongside previously-announced Shailene Woodley.
Divergent will star Woodley as Tris, a teen living in what’s left of Chicago, Elgort will play Caleb, Woodley’s twin brother, Q will be a tattoo artist called Tori, who is part of the selection process and Kravitz is good to go as Christina, Tris’ candid new friend and fellow initiate.
Burger is directing from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty.
The production is hoping to begin this spring in Chicago and planned to hit theaters on March 21st, 2014.
Divergent is the first book in a planned trilogy. The second book in the series, Insurgent arrived last fall, and the third not due until October.
Here’s the book synopsis:
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.