With every studio in the world looking for the next blockbuster young adult franchise, there are a ton of successful YA fiction series currently in the works. This weekend brings The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens this fall, and The Maze Runner drops in for a visit on Valentine’s Day 2014. And that’s just a few of the many titles in various stages of production. If Summit has anything to say about it, their impending adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent books will light the box office on fire and capture the lion’s share of the lucrative dystopian teen market. In advance of a full trailer, the studio has unveiled a short, very short, teaser trailer to whet your appetite.
The full Divergent trailer will premiere Sunday, presumably during MTV’s Video Music Awards, and this video gives you an idea of what’s in store. Clocking in at a whopping 13 seconds, you meet star Shailene Woodley’s Beatrice “Tris” Prior and her love interest/trainer Four (Theo James), with a little bit of action, some story elements, and a fleeting glimpse at the futuristic world thrown in for good measure. All in all, that isn’t a bad amount of work to squeeze out of 13 seconds worth of footage, at least enough to keep you on the hook until this weekend, if you’re into this sort of thing.
Set in a futuristic Chicago, the citizens are sorted into groups according to their dominant personality trait—Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent)—and when you hit sixteen, you take an aptitude test and join a group. When Tris goes through this process, she discovers she has an equal affinity for multiple groups, which classifies her as Divergent. She chooses to join the Dauntless faction, but even as she trains in their heroic ways—their training involves leaping from a moving train, jumping off tall buildings, and a bunch of hand to hand combat—she knows something isn’t right. Turns out, being Divergent is a bigger deal than it would seem. As Maggie Q’s Tori tells her, “You’re different, they can’t control you.” She has to keep her secret identity under wraps, like a super hero, but it looks like Tris could be the key to something big, like world changing big.
Scheduled to hit theaters on March 21, 2014, Divergent also stars Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, Jai Courteny, Mekhi Phiefer, and a bunch of heavy black, tribal-looking tattoos.