Published: Thursday April 11, 2013 MYT 2:54:00 PM
Work begins on Divergent
Lionsgate this week announced that principal photography has begun in Chicago on the highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent, starring Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet.
The studio also announced that Ray Stevenson and Mekhi Phifer will join a stellar young cast including Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, ZoŽ Kravitz and Ben Lloyd-Hughes. The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Rothís New York Times best seller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor.
The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Summit will release the film theatrically in North America in The Hunger Games slot in March 2014.
Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
The extremely popular young adult novel Divergent was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list ever since being published in May of 2011.
The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. She followed her first novel with the book Insurgent, which has also made its way to the No. 1 position on specific New York Times Best Sellers lists.
To date, book sales are now over 3 million copies for both novels combined, and both titles are HarperCollins most successful e-books ever in regards to sales. The studio acquired the film rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before the book Divergent was published.