Ever since the Harry Potter franchise split up the final story into two films with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2, it’s become customary to divide the last part of a YA franchise into two movies — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, for instance, or Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Divergent is following that path with Allegiant, based on Veronica Roth’s last book in the series, but instead of releasing the films as Allegiant Part 1 and Allegiant Part 2 as previously planned, the two films have now been renamed.

It’s a slightly smart move on the part of Lionsgate, to give audiences the subtle impression that they’re not waiting a year to basically watch the other half of a sequel. It’s not as if the final film has been chopped in two anyway — we are getting two films, not one. So instead of the previously titled The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 2, we’re getting The Divergent Series: Allegiant and The Divergent Series: Ascendant.

The two films also have new posters, as reported and revealed over at MTV:


Shailene Woodley will return to reprise the role of Tris, the young hero battling against the constraints of her bizarre society, which divides people into factions and holds the history of its world secret from its citizens. Also returning are Theo James as Four, Ansel Elgort as Caleb, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz and Naomi Watts.

Allegiant hits theaters on March 18, 2016, followed by Ascendant on March 24, 2017.