‘Allegiant’ Adds Jeff Daniels in Crucial Role to Close Out the ‘Divergent’ Saga
Much like the casting of Philip Seymour Hoffman in a key role for the final installments of The Hunger Games franchise, Lionsgate has cast another older, distinguished actor to play a crucial part in the final parts of the Divergent series. Jeff Daniels has joined the cast of Allegiant – Part 1 and 2 in a fairly important role.
According to THR, Daniels has joined the cast of Allegiant, the final installment in the Divergent saga, which will be presented in two parts as dictated by the current blockbuster franchise model (Thanos is in charge of these decisions, right? Homeboy really doesn’t have much else to do.)
Daniels will play the role of David, the leader of the Board of Genetic Welfare, the governing body that created the various factions in the world in which Shailene Woodley’s Tris resides. We’ll be introduced to this mysterious group in the first Allegiant film, as we learn more secrets about the history of Tris’ post-apocalyptic world and how their way of living came to be. It’s safe to say that the Board of Genetic Welfare doesn’t exactly have its citizens’ welfare in mind.
Insurgent director Robert Schwentke will return to direct Allegiant – Part 1, with Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James and Miles Teller all expected to return to reprise their roles. A director for Allegiant – Part 2 has not yet been set.
Part 1 arrives on March 18, 2016, followed by Part 2 on March 24, 2017.