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Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort join Shailene Woodley in Divergent

March 12th, 2013

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Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort have joined the cast of Summit/Lionsgate’s upcoming Hunger Games-esque franchise, Divergent.

Directed by Neil Burger, the film is an adaptation of Veronica Roth’s first novel in a trilogy set in a future society where people are divided into factions based on human traits. At age 16, an individual must choose which faction to live in.

The film’s protagonist, Beatrice Prior (played by Shailene Woodley), is faced with the difficult decision of staying true to her identity or sticking with her family in the Abnegation faction.

Nikita star Maggie Q will play Tori, a tattoo parlor owner who is involved in the ceremony that divides people into factions. Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz, will play Christina, a member of the Dauntless faction.

Newcomer Ansel Elgort will play Caleb, Beatrice’s brother who betrays his family to join the Erudite faction. Elgort has no other acting credits to his resume, except the upcoming remake of Carrie starring Chloe Moretz.

Back in January, Variety announced that Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet could be joining the cast in an unconfirmed role. Speculation suggests she could be playing the film’s villain, Jeanine Matthews.

With comparisons to The Hunger Games, Divergent and its leading lady have a lot of pressure to stand out. It seems that Hollywood is always looking for the latest teen book franchise to adapt into a blockbuster success like Harry Potter and Twilight. However, the film’s success, whether defined by quality or box office income, will be hard to predict.

Divergent is set for a release date of March 21, 2014. Are you looking forward to it?

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