Summit Entertainment is hoping to get Divergent into production fairly soon, but they’ve bot a lot of roles to fill before then. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Englert and Maggie Q are already cast, and now it’s been announced they’ve been joined by Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb and Christian Madsen.
The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s best seller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor and commences principal photography this April in Chicago. The film is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
Ben Lloyd-Hughes, who was recently seen in Great Expectations, will play Will, an intelligent, Euridite-born trainee who befriends Tris during their training.
Ben Lamb will play Edward, one of the better-performing trainees in Tris’ faction, which makes him a target amongst his peers. Finally, Christian Madsen (son of Michael) will play Al, a timid Candid-born trainee who has a hard time adjusting to his training and develops a crush on Tris. Madsen appeared in the film In Time and Gia Coppola’s upcoming drama Palo Alto.
Summit will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Neil burger directs.