The success of The Hunger Games movie has led to more novels being adapted for the big screen and one such novel is Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Divergent has regularly been compared to The Hunger Games as both novels have similar themes and now it appears that they will get compared on the big screen.
Divergent is set to be directed by Neil Burger (Limitless) and it appears that they are lining up 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 in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Production on Divergent is expected to get underway early next year and has been given the release date of March 21, 2014 in the US. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Divergent, 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.