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Lucas Till, Jeremy Irvine & Alex Pettyfer Testing For 'Divergent' Lead Opposite Shailene Woodley

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 8, 2013 5:25 PM
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Divergent Lucas Till Jeremy Irvine Alex Pettyfer

So, will any of these guys be the next Robert Pattinson? As studios gear up to fill the space left by the now finished "Twilight" franchise -- "Beautiful Creatures" from Warner Bros. arrives next month and Sony's "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" hits in the summer -- another contender is on the way, but from the studio who brought you Edward and Bella in the first place. Summit is gearing up "Divergent" with Shailene Woodley, and it's time to find her a co-star.

Last fall, Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class"), Luke Bracey ("Home & Away," "Monte Carlo"), Brenton Thwaites ("Blue Lagoon: The Awakening," the upcoming "Maleficent") and Irish actor Jack Reynor (who just got cast in "Transformers 4") were testing for the gig. And the testing continues, with Variety revealing that Till is still in the mix with "War Horse" star Jeremy Irvine and "Magic Mike" dude Alex Pettyfer now trying out for the job. Based on the smash hit book by Veronica Roth, the story follows sixteen year-old Beatrice (Woodley), who lives in a dystopian future where society is divided into five factions based on virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Forced to choose which one she'll live in for the rest of her life -- a decision that pulls her between being with her family and staying true to who she is -- Beatrice makes a decision that leads to massive changes.

There is no frontrunner yet according to trade, but a decision will likely come soon. Shooting is gearing up to start this spring, and Woodley will be moving to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" after that so things can't shift around too much. Any fans of the books have opinion on this? Let us know below. The Neil Burger directed movie hits on March 21, 2014.

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  • Fidel Riffle | March 17, 2013 8:39 PMReply

    Very interesting story for a movie. They have a line-up of very promising starts too. Can't wait to watch it on the big screen.

  • Summm | February 5, 2013 7:02 PMReply

    Drew Roy would be perfect as Four.

  • Jane V | January 11, 2013 11:44 PMReply

    For a change, I choose Luke Bracey.

  • Maddie | January 9, 2013 10:10 PMReply

    DREW ROY needs to be Four. He would be PERFECT. I don't like any of the actors listed...

  • Alex | January 9, 2013 8:48 AMReply

    I think Drew Roy would be perfect as Tobias/Four, none of the above match up to how I imagined Four.

  • Janette | January 9, 2013 4:26 AMReply

    I think brenton thwaites should take the part. We need a fresh face in this franchise. He's also handsome too.

  • Janette | January 9, 2013 4:25 AMReply

    I think brenton thwaites should take the part. We need a fresh face in this franchise. He's also handsome too.

  • omg | January 9, 2013 2:31 AMReply

    lucas till.... Did they make him or something! LOL

  • Richie | January 8, 2013 11:55 PMReply

    "So, will any of these guys be the next Robert Pattinson?"

  • steve call | January 8, 2013 8:25 PMReply

    Great cast.

  • White bread! | January 8, 2013 6:54 PMReply

    Whitbread cast!

  • Rea | January 8, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    All these guys look interchangeable, like the only difference between them is their hair colour. Don't care about this book or movie but if Pettyfer does get it then it will be the 4th teenage book adaptation and third franchise Alex Pettyfer will attempt to kickstart: Alex Rider series, I am Number 4 series (also played a Four in that), Beastly and now this. I think he should probably back away slowly because clearly book to movie adaptations are not for him!

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