Director Neil Burger‘s (The Illusionist) latest project, an adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent series of young adult adventure fiction, premiered its first trailer at the MTV VMA awards show over the weekend. It’s another of those Hollywood projects that got fast tracked after the success of The Hunger Games. Can this franchise capitalize on and capture a world audience or will it sputter out like so many others?
Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, DIVERGENT is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless—the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet—deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world—or destroy it.
The Divergent cast is rounded out by Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Pfeiffer, and Ashley Judd.
Have you read the series? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Divergent hits theater screens on March 21st, 2014. Will your butt be in a theater seat opening weekend?