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Jai Courtney joins Shailene Woodley in Divergent Screen Adaptation?

Jai Courtney added to
Divergent cast.
UPDATE: March 14, 2013. Jai Courtney, the twenty something Austrailian who was last seen as the son of the lead in both A Good Day to Die Hard and Jack Reacher was just cast in Divergent the movie based on Veronica Roth's Best selling YA novel, according to my trusted source, Deadline. They aren't saying yet but my suspicion is that Courtney will play Peter from Dauntless, the Brave. He's too beefy to my liking by far but I have no doubt he will make many a young boat float, including Tris'?
Here's my original post; Remember Shailene IS Tris. That's confirmed.
If you are a fan of Veronica Roth's Young Adult dystopian novel, DIVERGENT  what do you think of  Shailene Woodley as Beatrice (Tris) Prior?  The breakout young actress from The Descendants is in talks to play the part. By the way, Woodley is doing so well, she's also in talks to play the Mary Jane role in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. The movie will be directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionists, The Lucky Ones) . The producers are hoping the material will generate some of the success that The Hunger Games enjoyed since the characters' ages are similar and both take place in dismal dystopian settings. And of course, the books are huge sellers and have a huge fanbase.

Actress Shailene Woodley

Author Veronica Roth
I haven't read the book - it's the first of a trilogy - so I don't know whether she fits the part. I do know that Roth and Woodley bear more than a passing resemblance to each other. Pretty, fresh faced, young or at least youthful, brunettes.  I wonder if Roth has weighed in with her choice? Anyone know?
Here's the publisher's description of the book:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—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. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
Are you a Divergent fan?
Who do you think would make the perfect Tris?


  1. I haven't read the book, but I enjoyed Woodley in The Descendants. I also know my teenagers haven't read this book, so I would think it hasn't reached Hunger Game popularity. I wish movie studios wouldn't try to jump on trend bandwagons but would simply make interesting movies.

    1. I love it when Hollywood gets it right, as they did for example, in The Descendants, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But when they get it wrong like Johnny Depp in the disastrous adaptation of The Rum Diary it's painful.

  2. She is not right for the part at all she looks to innocent i actually tbink even though the olsen twi.s dont act anymore that even one oc them would have been a better tris

    1. She looks innocent but can look less wholesome. I wonder if Elizabeth Olsen, the Olsen sister who is still working, would be right for it?

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