A couple of month ago, The Descendants star Shailene Woodley signed up to take the female lead in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, and now Variety reports that Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) are at the top of the list to take the main male role.
The book, which is drawing comparisons to The Hunger Games, is about a 16-year-old girl named Beatrice Prior, who lives in a society divided into five factions, each based on a different virtue: honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness, and intelligence. Beatrice must choose which faction whe wants to try and join, and starts training in order to enter.
Variety doesn’t specifically mention the male character Pettyfer, Irvin and Till are up for, but it’s presumed it’s Four, the man who helps train Beatrice.
Neil Burger will direct this first installment of what is being set up as a trilogy.