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'Divergent' Trailer: The Mainstream Ascension of Shailene Woodley?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 13, 2013 | Comments ()


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Shailene Woodley is a fantastic actress, whose name is not all that well known unless you’ve seen The Descendants or Spectacular Now, or for some reason watched a lot of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her name is heavily trafficked on sites like Vulture and The Playlist, however, as one of those indie actresses, like Jennifer Lawrence once was, on the brink of stardom.

Could she ascend with Divergent? It’s hard to say. Outside of The Hunger Games and Twilight, Hollywood hasn’t actually been that successful in adapting YA novels to the screen, and Divergent hits some of the same themes we’ve seen in The Hunger Games and another of the recently failed YA adaptations, The Host. The trailer lays out the premise, and hits all the familiar beats in a way that feels comfortable, but not particularly illuminating (it’s another trailer that fits under the category of “They all look the same.”)

The difference maker here, however, is Kate Winslet, who is not an actress that typically takes paycheck roles. She may have changed after two years off, but with Neil Burger (The Illusionist) in the director’s chair, I’m willing to give the movie the benefit of the doubt, and assume that it’s got a little more to say than the blandly familiar but decent trailer suggests.







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  • Torgo

    Wasn't totally sold on the teaser trailer, but I think I'm sold now. It looks like it'll capture all of the important bits and stay fairly true to the book.

  • lauwer

    I know that what I'm gonna say is offending to readers, but although I haven't seen the books or the movie of either story…this looks awfully similar to Hunger Games…*please don't hit me*

  • Uriah_Creep

    Don't worry, we don't hit commenters until their 5th post at a minimum. Gives you a chance to build up your defenses.

  • lillie

    Post-apocolyptic dystopian society? Check.
    Strong, tough as nails,stubborn as hell female lead? check.
    Swarthy love interest? check.
    Divided society reliant on an oppressive authority/government? check.
    Uprising against said authoratative figures? check...
    Don't worry, your point is valid.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, the Fitzness of it all.

    Today seems a very high-Fitz kind of Pajibaday, between Divergent and the TV reboot of Ghost

  • birdgal

    Eh, I loved the book when I read it...it's too bad the newly released last book pretty much rendered this whole series worthless though (spoilers, it sucked). If I see it, it won't be until it's released on DVD, though I do like Shailene Woodley quite a bit and still need to see 'Spectacular Now'.

  • lillie

    I like her too and think she is a fantastic choice for Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars. If you haven't read that book, I highly recommend it.

  • birdgal

    I've been told by many I need to read that book, I just don't know if I can handle the subject matter emotionally.

  • Emilie

    it's also pretty funny though. no one gives Green credit for writing teenagers amusingly well.

  • lillie

    Yes, it is gut-wrenching. Like, not pretty crying, but sniffling, slobbering, blubbery crying.

  • lillie

    Loved Divergent and Insurgent, but I'm plodding through Allegient just hoping it gets better. I'll still see this movie though, for Winslet alone.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    My main beef with the entire series: HOW MANY uprisings and social engineering plots can one have in the space of…what? A year? The books are redundant and the third book was such a disappointment.

  • birdgal

    It doesn't really :(.

  • lillie

    Yeah, I didn't think so. I'll finish it, but I'm pretty disppointed so far. It feels like so....forced.

  • birdgal

    Forced is exactly the term I would use--also rushed and scientifically incoherent. The last quibble might not bother everyone, but as a biologist it killed me dead.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Yeah, I'm also a geneticist and the whole thing was just such... fuckery.

  • lillie

    Exactly. And there was a year and a half between books 2 and 3. So was there no point when one of her editors stopped and went, "Waaaiiittt a minute....this seems....false?"

  • anikitty

    It's the major plot line and it's gibberish.

  • lillie

    I know exactly what you are talking about and I am no scientist. I keep thinking, "Did Miss Roth do NO research at all or was there just no time with that deadline looming?"

  • lowercase_ryan

    The book was ok, I'll see it.

  • anikitty

    But Allegiant? I don't care about the ending, even though that gets the most panties in a twist...but the decision to tell the story from two points of view with no distinct voice(s) was poor.

  • Torgo

    Yeah, that was a terrible decision... I can see why she did it, considering the ending (which I actually thought worked pretty well), but it was really distracting.

    Why does everyone have their panties in a twist over the ending anyway? It was pretty obvious once you hit a certain point. Young people these days, if the story doesn't end with a half-vampire baby falling in love with a pedo werewolf, they just aren't happy

  • birdgal

    I just finished Allegiant recently and apparently, I have strong feelings about it because I'm all over this comment thread--but yeah, the ending was the least of my issues.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I only read the first. I finished it then got on a waiting list at the library for the second. I got it 6 months later and couldn't remember details from the book (I had gone on a YA tear in those 6 months). So I just stopped.

  • Boston Red

    Hey, The Secret Life of the American Teenager was full of cute actresses and really bad acting. What's not to like?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Meh. The premise is silly - not the categorizing, but what the categories ARE.

  • ViciousTrollop

    Mr. Pamuk lives!

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