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Divergent Releases New Featurette

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Likely attempting to not be a box office flop like The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Summit Entertainment has released a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette to explain the world of its upcoming dystopian film, Divergent. The featurette is entitled, “Taking a Stand.” Continue reading

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.

Divergent Set To Cast Shailene Woodley

You may remember the novel, Divergent, written by Veronica Roth as a participant in our Annual BSC Book Tournament, however, now it seems it is getting its own big screen adaptation.

The film adaptation is set to be directed by Neil Burger, who’s previous work includes Limitless. It also appears that they are trying to secure The Descendants actress Shailene Woodley to play the lead role. This comes off of the back of news that Shailene is in talks to play Mary Jane Watson inThe Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Here is the synopsis:

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.

A projected release date for the film was given as March 21, 2014 in the U.S.

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Shailene Woodley Up for MJ Role in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

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Ready for more Shailene? I am. And it looks like Spider-Man may also be ready for his dose. Young actress, Shailene Woodley is making news this week because she’s up for one big comic book movie role. You didn’t think Mary Jane Watson could go without entering Peter Parker’s life forever, did you? Well, she’ll be introduced to the young hero in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Woodley has been offered the role.

Watch your back Gwen Stacy, MJ is returning to the big screen! Of course Mary Jane is well-known as the Lois Lane to the world’s most beloved wall-crawler. Then again, these days Superman is dating Wonder Woman. So, in the Spider-Man reboot, Spidey, acted by Andrew Garfield, found his love interest in Gwen Stacy, a blond also often featured in the comics. She’s acted by wonder kid, Emma Stone.

Believe it or not, audiences best know Emma Stone as a red-head, but she’s a natural blond. She dyed her tresses red to turn more heads in Hollywood and it worked. So, when she was first cast in The Amazing Spider-Man, folks assumed she was playing Mary Jane Watson, another famous redhead. Then, Stone went dramatically blond. No one would have guessed it was a return to the familiar for the young star.

I think Shailene will look super in red. I also think this was an amazing casting decision. If a young lady is going to give Emma Stone a run for her money on the big screen, I think Shailene has the chops to do it! I can already hear her calling Peter Parker “Tiger”. Insert growling sounds here.

I know Woodley best from her seemingly out-of-no-where awesome performance in The Descendants. Directed by Alexander Payne, The Descendants should have been just another family drama, but thanks largely to the script, the locale of Hawaii, and to headliners, George Clooney, and Shailene Woodley, it got Oscar attention, winding up with a nom for Best Film and win for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Woodley is very feisty in the film and quite natural. It was only a matter of time before she got another big deal. Welcome to the world of super heroes, Shailene!

What other surprises are in store for us in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Pow! Zap! It was announced that the roles Harry Osborn and Electro are also up for grabs!

Of course in the Spider flicks which starred Mr. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst played Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn was acted by James Franco.

Electro sounds like an electrifying choice for villain. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Spoiler alert. If you did see the first Amazing Spider-Man, which came out this past summer, you saw a mysterious figure, acted by Michael Massee, in the end credits. We can assume that was Electro, yes?

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, real life sweethearts now, are returning for the sequel. there’s a May 2, 2014 release date and Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt are all writing the script.