With about a month until Divergent hits theaters, Lionsgate is starting their final promotional push. While the would-be film franchise is unproven among general audiences, the studio is already readying for the second and third films. But before Insurgent and Allegiant are made, let’s see how Divergent performs in theaters this March. Step one: watch the latest trailer above.
The final trailer for Divergent features a lot of action, a truncated story, and some expository dialogue. From the looks of things, Divergent will be a mix between The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States (The Hunger Games) and young adults are sorted into different groups/schools/factions (Harry Potter). Also, the fate of the world is in the hands of a teenager (pretty much any young adult book or film series). While I haven’t read any of author Veronica Roth’s best-selling book trilogy, it seems that Divergent will be closer to Stephenie Meyer’s The Host than Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.
Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James made a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote the film. The pair made a pretty impressive entrance, zip-lining onto the stage. Woodley is charming and bright, and she has a great career ahead of her. Woodley is also very adorable, I might add. She is an awards-nominated actress, after all, but let’s see how Divergent performs at the box office first.
Looking ahead, Lionsgate hired screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to adapt the second book in the series, Insurgent, for the big screen. While Divergent is slated for release this March, production on the next film is rumored to be starting this spring. Lionsgate has yet to find a director for the sequel, because Divergent director Neil Burger stepped down as a result of a scheduling conflict. With Lionsgate rushing a sequel film, Insurgent is expected to hit theaters in March 2015.
Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, where people are separated into five distinct factions: Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. The society’s citizens are divided based on dominant personality traits, but some are unique and cannot be classified. These people are called “Divergent” and have no place in society. The story follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who is discovered to be Divergent and must figure out how to stay alive.
Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Vanessa Taylor (Hope Springs) co-wrote the screenplay, while Neil Burger (Limitless) directed. Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and Mekhi Phifer.
Divergent will hit theaters everywhere on March 21, in IMAX.