Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Casting Watch: Ashley Judd Nabs Role in Sci-Fi YA Entry 'Divergent,' Starring Kate Winslet, Theo James and Shailene Woodley UPDATE

News
by Ryan Lattanzio
April 15, 2013 11:35 AM
1 Comment
  • |
Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd has been cast in one of the last major roles in "Divergent," starring Kate Winslet, Theo James ("Downton Abbey") and Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants"), confirms The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on the bestselling YA novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, and has begun principal photography in Chicago.

Kate Winslet

Judd, who recently considered running for Senate and currently has a role in "Olympus Has Fallen," will play Woodley's mother.

Ray Stephenson and Mekhi Pfifer are joining the sprawling cast, which also includes Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen and Amy Newbold.

“Divergent,” to be directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist," "Limitless") stands to be another young adult-oriented box-office hopeful for Lionsgate, which spawned the hugely successful “The Hunger Games.”

Shailene Woodley

(Here's TOH's round-up of upcoming YA movies.) Summit Entertainment’s sci-fi action film is adapted by Evan Daugherty ("Snow White and the Huntsman") and is the company's bid for a new franchise. Lionsgate co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, who brought the YA “Twilight” saga to the screen with blockbuster results at Summit before their company was acquired by Lionsgate, purchased the rights to the book last October.

Roth’s novel, set in a dystopian Chicago, concerns a futuristic society in which individuals who do not fit easily into certain personality types are labeled as “divergent.” Winslet will star as brainy Erudite Divergent Jeanine Matthews; Woodley is Tris Prior, a Divergent who unveils a mass conspiracy to destroy the titular group. Hailing from a group called the Dauntless, James plays Four, an instructor who joins her quest.

28-year-old James played a role in the first season of “

Theo James

Downton Abbey,” and has since enjoyed increasing success as David in 2012’s “Underworld: Awakening” and the leading role in CBS’s new crime drama, “Golden Boy.” 

Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon's Rachel Shane is executive producing.  Summit will release the film theatrically in North America in "The Hunger Games" slot on Friday, March 21, 2014.


1 Comment

  • http://www.famousrolex.com/ | April 14, 2013 9:43 PMReply

    support you and wish you a good continuation. Wishing you the best of luck for all your blogging efforts.
    replica watches

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • Sony Counters Bad Press with 'Spider-Man' ...
  • PBS Preview: Six New 'Makers' Documentaries ...
  • Toronto Film Festival Global Summit ...
  • Distribution Maestro Jeff Blake Exits ...
  • Trailers From Hell Opens 'The Doors ...
  • Trailers From Hell Loves 'All That ...
  • FIRST LOOK: Toronto Best Actress Candidate ...
  • Which World Premieres Did Venice La ...
  • Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley Will ...
  • Get Tied Down With First Trailer for ...