I’ve never watched Downton Abbey, but the people seem to enjoy it for some reason. One of the period drama’s actors, Theo James, has landed the male lead in Summit Entertainment’s upcoming science fiction film, Divergent. Described as a “dystopian thriller,” Divergent is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult novel.
At the moment, James can be seen in the CBS police drama Golden Boy, and he joins a cast that already includes Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now), Jai Courteny (A Good Day to Die Hard), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Kate Winslett (Titanic), Ray Stevenson (Thor), Maggie Q (Nikita), and Zoe Kravitz (After Earth). Limitless director Neil Burger takes the helm to film the screenplay from Vanessa Taylor. The whole shebang begins shooting in April in Chicago.
Set in the future, Divergent is set in a world where the citizens are segregated into different factions depending on their various personality types. It is decided that some people are “Divergent,” and are thus habitually unable to fit into any group. Tris Prior (Woodley) is one of these, and “when she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.”