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Divergent Adaptation Adds Three New Actors To Cast List

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You may remember the novel, “Divergent” from our BSC Book Tournament last year and now it is getting its own big screen adaptation. It was announced a few weeks ago that Shailene Woodley had been cast in the lead role but her costars have finally been revealed. Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard) have joined the cast of Neil Burger’s adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Q will play Tori, a tattoo artist that befriends Tris while Kravitz plays another of Tris’ allies, Christina. Elgort, meanwhile, will play Tris’ twin brother, Caleb.

Here is the synopsis of the dystopian project:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. The novel was written by Veronica Roth and was released in 2012.

Divergent is planned to hit theaters on March 21, 2014.

Carrie Adaptation Delayed Seven Months

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Sony Picture has announced that they have delayed the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Carrie. The film was originally supposed to be released on March 15th but has been pushed back seven months to October 18th.

There is no word on why the film has been pushed back so far, but given the horror movie setting that is Carrie, releasing near Halloween doesn’t seem like a bad idea for the studio. The project has been generating buzz over the last few months as posters and teasers have been steadily released online. Halloween seems like the ideal time of the year for the film to hit theaters.

Carrie stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort and Julianne Moore.

In a small town of Chamberlain, Maine, teenager Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), is a lonely and awkward high school girl who is constanly bullied by her peers led by the popular mean girl, Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday), at school and abused by the hands of her religious mother, Margaret White (Julianne Moore) at home. After participanting in mean prank towards Carrie, Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their action and tries to make amends with Carrie by asking her popular boyfriend, Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie starts to form a friendship with her gym teacher, Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer), who tries in vain to protect Carrie from Chris and her peers.

However, Chris, her boyfriend, Billy Nolan (Alex Russell), and their friends hatch a plan to humiliate Carrie at the prom. However, Carrie uses her telekinetic power for revenge.

The Kimberly Pierce directed adaptation is set to be more of direct remake of the original novel rather than a remake of the cult classic 1976 film.