Friday, May 31, 2013

Catching Up With the Divergent Movie News

Guest post from Bree Brouwer. 

If you’ve been scrambling around online to see all the news about the upcoming Divergent movie, you’re not alone.

The coverage of Divergent has definitely been scattered. This is typical for most movies as studios slowly leak information to keep audiences on the edge of their seats even before the film comes out. But it’s also a pain for fans of the original book who don’t always have time to browse through every single mention of the movie on an entertainment website. 

So here I’ve compiled some information and links about the upcoming Divergent film for your ease of reading and so you can get caught up on what you may have been missing (you can thank me with some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream)!

Shailene Woodley as Beatrice “Tris” Prior, Theo James as Four, Ashley Judd as Natalie Prior, Tony Goldwyn as Andrew Prior, Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, Miles Teller as Peter, Maggie Q as Tori, Ray Stevenson as Marcus Eaton, Mekhi Phifer as Max, Jai Courtney as Eric, Ben Lamb as Edward, Christian Madsen as Al, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will, Justine Wachsberger as Lauren, and Zoe Kravitz as Christina.

-          Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless)
-          Produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian, and Douglas Wick
-          Screenplay by Evan Daugherty (Snow White & the Huntsman) and Vanessa Taylor (Alias, Game of Thrones)
-          Filmed in Chicago (still in progress)
-          Author Veronica Roth was able to visit the Divergent set to watch the knife-throwing scene being filmed (
-          Some more information and behind-the-scenes photos from extras can be found on sites like and

The most interesting thing about Divergent to me is not that it’s being made into a movie; with the success of The Hunger Games and the anticipation surrounding the also-upcoming Ender’s Game, I’m not surprised to see more sci-fi and dystopian films adapted from books. What’s truly fascinating is that Divergent hasn’t made as huge a splash in the general pop culture and entertainment worlds as it has in the book publishing industry.
I should know; I’ve interviewed celebrities for my writing job at Fanhattan, I’m always scanning the latest entertainment news scrolling past me on Twitter, and I’m trying to keep my thumb on the pulse of Hollywood even from 1500 miles away in Iowa. And I just haven’t seen much of a notice given to Divergent.
However, if it’s as compelling a story as Roth’s readers claim it is (I’ll admit, I haven’t read it yet!), the movie might find Hunger Games-esque success, which I’d love to see for a series with an incredibly passionate fan base.
Then we can chalk up it up as another win for the young adult genre, and further proof that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Bree Brouwer is a freelance blogger, writer, and content strategist with full fangirl attitude. She writes about geek culture and lifestyle over at her blog Geek My Life, and hopes to pen her own science fiction book someday. She’s an Anglophile addicted to chipotle seasoning and the smell of a new book.


  1. OOooh--I'd better get reading DIVERGENT. Before the film comes out. Nice Blog you have. :) Thanks for the insider scoop. I'd never know otherwise.

  2. It would be great if Divergent could attain that kind of popularity. Although THG book was laced with challenging and convicting themes, the film chose to gloss them over for the sake of a less bumpy ride. I hope their change of directors for CF will address that.

    But Roth's story is more like a moral tale than anything else and it would be a shame to see those fibers stripped out by the adaptation for the sake of sales. Hopefully they'll jump onto a moving train themselves, taking risks by letting her themes remain weaved together rather than stripping them off for the sake of cheap entertainment.

  3. Also Ansel Elgort, who has been cast as Caleb Prior (and whose name I'm probably butchering) is starring with Hailene as the two leads in John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. So much YA awesome being made into film lately. Just goes to show that we are really transcending our little corner of the bookstore!