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‘Divergent’ Casts Three Major Roles for Shailene Woodley

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Prepare yourself to hear a whole lot about ‘Divergent’ this year. The film, based on the first in a planned Young Adult novel trilogy, is being pegged as the next ‘Hunger Games,’ and its star, Shailene Woodley, could just be the next Jennifer Lawrence. Now the film gets a little closer to becoming a reality with the filling of three crucial supporting roles.

First, let’s fill you in on the wild plot of ‘Divergent’: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue — Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice (Shailene Woodley), the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is — she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maggie Q (‘Nikita’) will play the owner of a tattoo parlor who is part of the choosing ceremony that divides people into factions. She ends up helping Woodley’s character, Tris.

Zoe Kravitz (‘X-Men: First Class’) will play Christina, a member of the Dauntless faction, which embodies bravery, and who becomes friends with Tris.

Finally, newcomer Ansel Englort (‘Carrie’) will portray Caleb, Woodley’s brother who turns his back on his family, part of the Abnegation clan, to be part of the Erudite clan.

Neil Burger (‘Limitless’) is directing ‘Divergent,’ which is scheduled to begin production this spring in Chicago. No release date has been announced yet.

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