The adorable cast of Divergent made their Comic-Con debut on Thursday, showing off the very first footage of the movie (even though they wrapped filming just a few days ago!). As expected, the teaser for the YA adaptation is intense, promising, and had me wishing the March release date would get here a lot faster. The stars, including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, and a lot more took the stage with the book's author, Veronica Roth, and director Neil Burger, to promote the movie and answer fan questions. Whether you're one of the many have been anticipating this film or you're just hearing about it now, here are four new things you need to know about Divergent.
- The film should have no problem distinguishing itself from The Hunger Games. It's inevitable that Divergent is going to be compared to another buzzy young adult adaptation that's based on a post-apocalyptic world in the not-too-distant future, but the actual footage we saw is hardly reminiscent of The Hunger Games. For one thing, it looks grittier and a lot more industrial vs. the lush arena that Katniss competes in. For another, the love story between Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) is strongly played up in the teaser alone, which leads me to believe that there will be a bigger romantic focus than what we saw in The Hunger Games.
- Theo James is the heartthrob of tomorrow. I was one of the many fans that was wary when James was cast, mostly because he's a good 10 years on 18-year-old Four. However, the chemistry between Four and Tris in the teaser is palpable, and James was adorably goofy on the panel. He cracked joke after joke, mentioning how fat he looks in the teaser and and joking that he relates to Four because he's extremely protective of Woodley in real life and doesn't let her go to the bathroom alone. He also gushed about Woodley's bravery when shooting the ferris wheel scene while admitting that he had a hard time looking tough in comparison. I'm officially sold.
- There's a real bond among the cast. The panel featured almost all of the major players in the film (except for Kate Winslet), and there was a genuine warm and fuzzy feeling among them. The cast talked about training together before shooting, and developing a bond as they went through boot camp together. Whether or not their characters love each other onscreen, that kind of camaraderie bodes very well for the movie as a whole.
- Allegiant, the third book in the series, will have a twist. Author Roth won't give away much about her newest novel, due this Fall, but she did give us a pretty big hint. The first two novels, Divergent and Insurgent, are told entirely from the perspective of Tris, but the final novel will also let us go inside Four's head, allowing both characters to act as the narrator. Personally I'm looking forward to getting more insight into the mysterious Four, so I'm looking forward to the third book all the more.