Divergent Gets IMAX Release And New Stills

By Nick Venable | 7 years ago

divergent train jumpComic-Con is currently taking San Diego for a loop, and it’s only going to get ratcheted up as the days go by, because that’s just how it goes in the modern era of Comic-Con. It hasn’t been very…divergent. What is divergent, however, is Tris Prior, the protagonist of Veronica Roth’s post-apocalyptic Divergent YA novel series, where society is split up into personality-driven factions. She’s so crazy and determined to fit in with her clan that she’s jumping off of trains. And thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we know what it looks like, as the above still captures Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Christina (Zoë Kravitz) taking the big leap. It’s a pretty cool action shot, to be sure, but it’s all part of the initiation (I assume) and doesn’t feature much of a human threat. For that, we must turn to Kate Winslet as the film’s antagonist, the Erudite faction’s Jeanine Matthews, that bitch. USA Today gives us our first look at Ms. Matthews, which you can check out below.

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Admittedly, that shot isn’t nearly as exciting as anyone jumping off of trains. Even toy trains. My money is on her not getting to smile that often for the film, unless someone is suffering around her. But even if all she does is grimace, it will be a grimace shown in full IMAX glory, as Summit Entertainment has released word that they’ll be digitally remastering the film so that it can be released in IMAX theaters around the world. While this isn’t that surprising, given the growing IMAX trend, this isn’t your average IMAX release, a format that is usually reserved for $200 million comic book movies or giant action flicks. It’s obvious they’re trying to gain the same momentum that pushed The Hunger Games towards grosses that reached nearly $700 million. The basic similarities are all there, right up to the $80 million budget.

The world of Divergent separates its Chicago citizens into five different factions, classified by personality virtues. Tris discovers she is Divergent, which means she fits into all the clans, but she has to keep that aspect of her identity hidden. The film also stars Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q., Ashley Judd, Mekhl Phifer, Ben Lamb, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, and Christian Madsen. Most of the cast appeared at the film’s Comic-Con panel earlier today, along with director Neil Burger and author Roth.

Divergent will open in all theaters on March 21, 2014. Take a look at Woodley in action below, from the film’s first set video.

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