By Edward Davis | The Playlist June 19, 2013 at 5:59PM
So Shailene Woodley, who will no longer appear in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and is reportedly being replaced in part 3 all together, got kicked in the teeth today, right? That and the fact that there were those vile comic book nerd posts a while back questioning her attractiveness (like those guys wouldn't dream to sit next to her, let alone date her). Meh, not so much. In fact, it's kind of been her day. She showed up in the trailer for "The Spectacular Now," this morning, one of Sundance 2013's biggest hits and now new images of "Divergent" have been released. What's "Divergent"? Well, a sci-fi-ish young adult movie adaptation that looks like it's going to be as popular as "The Hunger Games" if audience fan buzz is any indication.
Woodley is the star, but she was reluctant to take the role at first. "My agents were like, ‘are you f—ing crazy?’ But I said if this movie is successful, things will change and I don’t want that,” she told Entertainment Weekly today. Set in a futuristic dystopia, "Divergent" centers on a who teenager seeks to break free from her homogeneous society that divides people based on human traits. She leaves her faction and joins a rival group, where she falls for an older man.
Here’s the official synopsis:
DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
Directed by Neil Burger ("Limitless"), "Divergent" also co-stars Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Christian Madsen, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, and Amy Newbold. Will it be more "Beautiful Creatures" (YA flop) than "Hunger Games" (a YA hit)? Time till tell, but man those fans are loud and vocal. 6 new images below featuring co-star Theo James via EW (hat tip Collider).