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"Divergent" adapted to film

Writer: Elaine Ewe

"The Descendants" star may play female lead Beatrice Prior in "Divergent".

22 Oct – After the success of the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games", it is natural that other similar young adult fiction novels and franchises will follow suit, and author Veronica Roth's "Divergent" is next, according to Collider.

Summit Entertainment purchased the media rights to the book and as of October 2012 is in the process of casting the film. The novel is the first in a planned trilogy set in a dystopian Chicago world, where society is divided into five factions: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. The heroine, Beatrice Prior, is told that she is Divergent, meaning that she has equal aptitude for three separate factions (Dauntless, Abnegation and Erudite), unlike her peers, which terrifies her. She then makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

The cover of Veronica Roth's "Divergent".

Neil Burger ("Limitless") has been confirmed to be on board as the film's director, while screenwriter, Evan Daugherty, has been selected to translate the adaptation into a film script. It has been recently revealed that Golden Globe nominee, Shailene Woodley, has been reported to have entered negotiations to lead the film franchise.

The actress made her feature film debut in a breakout performance in critically acclaimed drama film "The Descendants", starring alongside George Clooney. She has also been roped in for talks for the coveted role of Mary Jane Watson in "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel. Should she get it, she will have a major role in the third film as Mary Jane Watson's role in the sequel is relatively minor.

Cinema Online, 22 October 2012