'Divergent' Enlists Jai Courtney to Lead the Brave

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Neil Burger's 'Divergent,' one of the latest Young Adult novels getting a feature film adaptation, continues to beef up the casting around lead Shailene Woodley. The latest to join the ranks of the upcoming sci-fi dystopian adventure is Jai Courtney of 'A Good Day to Die Hard' and 'Spartacus' fame.

Following 'Twilight,' 'The Hunger Games' and more recently 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Divergent' is one of the latest crop of Young Adult novels, like 'The Mortal Instruments' and 'Ender's Game,' getting the big-screen treatment and has recently begun filling out its cast. According to Variety, Jai Courtney, who was most recently seen in 'Die Hard 5' as the son of John McClane (Bruce Willis) has been added as Eric, a leader of the Dauntless faction, which is dedicated to "the brave" (and is essentially like Gryffindor).

Shailene Woodley, who's currently filming 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' stars in 'Divergent,' which takes place in a dystopian future where people are divided into factions, each dedicated to a specific virtue -- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice Prior (Woodley), is classified as a "divergent," meaning she doesn't belong to any faction, and she learns of a conspiracy to destroy all divergents.

Maggie Q ('Nikita'), Zoe Kravitz ('X-Men: First Class') and Ansel Englort ('Carrie') have also joined the cast in supporting roles alongside Woodley and Kate Winslet, though the lead male role of Beatrice's love interest is still left open. 'Divergent' is set to debut March 21, 2014.

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