Rumored, now true–Deadline reports that Kate Winslet has joined the cast of “Divergent.” Neil Burger directs the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel. Shailene Woodley stars with Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson and Miles Teller are also reportedly close to signing on.
What is “Divergent?” It’s another YA novel set in a future society where people have been separated into groups. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, 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 alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating 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 unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Winslet will play will play Jeanine Matthews, the intelligent head of the ‘Erudite’ faction. Since she’s intelligent, I guess she’s also dispassionate and heartless.
The always busy Winslet will next be seen in Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day,” and also is set to star in Alan Rickman’s feature film directing debut, “A Little Chaos,” an intriguing-sounding movie about “landscape gardeners competing to design a fountain at Versailles for Louis XIV.”