|Theo James and Shailene Woodley in a promo image for Divergent|
Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are back on the run from power-hungry Jeannine (Kate Winslet), as principal photography for INSURGENT, the follow-up to this year's dystopian adaptation Divergent, commenced on Tuesday, according to a Lionsgate press release. While I can't say I'm too thrilled to revisit the drudgery presented in the first film, I am intrigued by the addition of Octavia Spencer to the cast. It was previously announced that the Oscar winner will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, for those of you who've read the book (I have not).
I've been following Spencer's career for a while now (well, since her heartbreaking performance in last year's Fruitvale Station), and I'm thrilled to see that she's been steadily working--on both the big and small screens. So her casting has restored a little of my hope which was lost after watching Divergent. (I suppose there's no reason to reiterate my problems with the film, but you can re-read them here).
At any rate, those of you who, like me, weren't over the moon about the first film may be pleased to learn that Robert Scwentke (RED, Time Traveler's Wife) is now sitting in the director's chair (previously occupied by Neil Burger). Likewise, Brian Duffield (the upcoming Jane Got a Gun) and Akiva Goldsman (A Time to Kill, The Da Vinci Code) have taken over screenwriting duties from Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. So there's been a bit of a reshuffle, which could only be a good thing, right? Let's hope.
The rest of the cast returns for the second installment, including Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer. Additional casting announcements are forthcoming, so stay tuned for updates. Lionsgate will release INSURGENT theatrically in the U.S. through its Summit Entertainment label on Friday, March 20, 2015. Find out more in the synopsis below:
INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago.Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
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