If you’ve been paying attention to the build up leading towards Summit Entertainment’s upcoming adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling young adult novel Divergent, then you’ve probably noticed the character’s penchant for body art. The sexy young folk are decked out in heavy black tattoos, and now a pair of posters for the film showcase the ink imbedded in the skin of the two main stars, Shailene Woodley and Theo James.
The first poster from Yahoo shows Woodley’s character, Beatrice “Tris” Prior. Set in a dystopian future, when the citizens hit 16-years-old they must take a personality test and the population is then divided into five groups. Tris is still fairly young, having just taken her test, and only has the one small tattoo. The three birds are intended to serve as a reminder. In Roth’s novel she says, “I touch my collarbone, marking the path of their flight, toward my heart…One for each member of the family I left behind.”
Each of the five groups in Divergent are based on a human virtue. There’s Abnegation, the selfless; Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; and Erudite, the smarty pants. When she takes her test, Tris discovers that she’s classified as Divergent, meaning that she has equal aptitude in multiple groups. This poses a problem to the powers that be. They have a nice, tidy little system going, and these people throw the whole thing for a loop. Basically what I’m trying to say is that this is going to be a problem. Woodley says that, though she doesn’t have any tattoos herself, or plans to get any, she enjoys indulging her inner movie bad girl.
Keeping her results under wraps as much as she can, Tris joins the Dauntless faction, where she hooks up with her hunky teacher, Four (James). He’s older, and has obviously spent a few more hours under the needle than his lady friend. You can see the thick black bars up and down his back and what looks a little like wheat maybe, I don’t know.
One thing you’ll notice in this image is that Four has the symbol for each of the factions etched up the length of his spine. Considering that he’s one of the leaders of his own faction it seems like a strange choice to flaunt a bunch of rivals. Not having read the books I have no idea, but perhaps this says something about his own proclivities.
Divergent opens March 21, 2014, and hopes to position itself as the heir apparent to the dystopian teen market currently ruled by The Hunger Games. With a strong cast that also includes Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, and Maggie Q, and a prime release date, director Neil Burger’s (Limitless) film is in a good position to do just that.