Divergent, Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s massive best selling young adult novel series, wasn’t an insane hit on the level of fellow teen dystopia The Hunger Games (what is?), but it did make quite a bit of money and inspire legions of hardcore fans. And there are still more books to adapt, which means we’re going to get these movies until they run out of pages. The next chapter, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, because it wouldn’t be a YA movie series without a cumbersome title, doesn’t come out until March 20, 2015, but the first teaser trailer is here to ride the current Mockingjay—Part 1 hype.
While the first movie was a kind of a coming of age story mixed with a larger mystery, where Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) had to figure out why being different in her overly simplified society makes her so dangerous, this one looks like it expands your view of the world. After escaping the city, Tris is getting an idea of how things really are outside of the walls of a futuristic Chicago. Insurgent continues the story “as war now looms. Sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and Tris will risk everything as she struggles to harness her incredible power.” And that power, of course, it not being like everyone else. She also got a spiffy new haircut for the sequel.
Also, I’m pretty sure that everything you see here is a dream sequence of some sort. If not, shit takes an unexpected turn in Insurgent, and Ashley Judd, who plays Tris’ mother, seems awfully calm for being trapped in a flaming room that is just kind of flying around the ruins of a city as if it has a mind of its own. That’s not normal, and you have to expect it sequence ending with Tris waking up, sitting bolt upright, covered in sweat and screaming. It could also be a kind of internal hallucination where she explores the inner workings of her mind in the first film, it has that type of feel.
Dream or not, this footage definitely highlights the action side of things, emphasizing how fearless and brave Tris is. There’s a lot of running and jumping off of tall buildings, grabbing things at the last minute, swinging like a teenage Tarazan. Looks like it could be fun.
Robert Schwentke (RED) takes over the directing duties from Burger, and the film also stars Theo James, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Rosa Salazar, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, and Naomi Watts.