Divergent Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
Arguably the next big Young Adult franchise, Divergent is probably the most anticipated movie of next year’s first quarter (January-March). With an early 2014 release date, the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel got its first real look at this year’s Comic-Con. The crowded afternoon panel consisted of Roth, director Neil Burger, and a bunch of stars including (but not limited to) Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort (who is hilarious by the way), Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Maggie Q, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Mekhi Phifer, and Miles Teller.
Since it was the first look at the movie, they debuted the first footage of the film to date. They closed out the half hour panel with a fan Q&A session.
I’ll get straight to the footage which basically elaborated on a couple of the stills they released, starting with this one:
Playing Tris, we saw Woodley’s initiation into the “Dauntless” faction. It is one of five factions in post-apocalyptic Chicago, which Burger joked was how Chicago currently is (burn!). Moving on, the footage also shows when she meets Four (James). Then, the trailer(ish) turns more Hunger Games-like, showing the group of youngins fighting and training. Thats’ where we get the scene that shows this:
The rest of the most pertinent information came from Roth herself. People generally get upset when movies aren’t true to the books, so fans can be happy to know she has played an integral part of the process. She did admit she stays away for all the “mushy” scenes between Woodley and James’ characters, though.
Quickly, Roth revealed that she finally got the go-ahead to tell us the final book in her trilogy was a change of style and would present the story in Tris and Four’s alternating perspectives. So that was cool to learn – even if I haven’t read any of them.
If you’re like me and don’t know anything about the story, one of the biggest take-aways from the panel was the theme of courage and bravery. James himself said “everyone is afraid of something,” referring to both his character and his personal self. Overcoming your fears seem to be what the film is ultimately about.
That about did it for the panel. Look for footage to appear online soon, but be aware they just finished shooting the film two days ago, so it could be a little bit!
Director: Neil Burger
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Winslet
Release Date: March 21, 2014
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