What makes Veronica Roth’s Divergent different from the ever-expanding pack of young adult fiction? It has to be the tattoos, right? At least hat doesn’t hurt. Perhaps the most immediately distinct elements of this movie, visually anyway, are the heavy black tattoos indelibly drawn on many of the characters. After all, Katniss doesn’t have any work, those little wizards from Harry Potter didn’t have any neck tattoos (sure, the Death Eaters had those squiggly ones on their forearms, but those guys were dicks), and when a picture is going to be there forever, that means something entirely different for teenage vampires. We’ve seen a poster of Divergent star Shailene Woodley’s Tris Prior showing of her ink, as well as Theo James’ heavily doodled back, and now more of the cast gets into the act, showing off their artwork in these new character posters.
Divergent takes place in a dystopian future Chicago where, at the age of 16, everyone is separated into groups, or factions, according to their dominant personality trait. You have Dauntless (the brave), Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the smart), Candor (the honest), and Amity (the peaceful), and you have to take a test to determine where you belong. Tris runs into a little problem when her results come back Divergent, meaning that she has equal faculty for multiple factions. This brings their whole way of life into question, so the powers that be are not big fans. In a move that shocks her parents, Tris chooses to join Dauntless, where she meets the hunky Four (James), and has all sorts of adventures.
In these new posters you get a good look at the symbols tattooed on Christina’s (Zoe Kravitz) inner arm. Maggie Q’s Tori shows off a tribal looking bird on her upper back. Eric (Jai Courtney) has what looks like a series of difficult mazes etched into his forearms, probably because he thinks they make him look tough. You can tell that Max (Mekhi Phifer) fancies himself as a badass. Seriously, going with nothing but neck and hand tattoos is a bold choice. That certainly says, “I don’t give a damn, try me.” Peter (Miles Teller) checks in with an interlocking pattern around his forearm, which basically screams, “This is my first tattoo!”
Beyond a different look from most of its peers, Neil Burger’s adaptation of Divergent, the first in a trilogy, has also put together a nice cast to set itself apart. Aside from those already mentioned, the credits include Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, and more. Summit certainly seems to have high hopes for their next potential franchise. They’ve positioned the film with a prime, March 21, 2014 release date—the same spot that launched The Hunger Games into the stratosphere. The novels are hugely popular—the third, Allegiant, was released near the end of October—and the studio is looking to cash in on that built in audience, especially in the wake of a tepid reception to Ender’s Game.