The first teaser for Divergent has gone online. The teaser premiered on the MTV website in advance to the full-length trailer airing during the Video Music Awards this Sunday.
Divergent is based on the first of three books in the young adult trilogy written by Veronica Roth. The film is being directed by Neil Burger and stars Shailene Woodley in the title role of Tris Prior. The futuristic action thriller is set in the Chicago area.
The short teaser also features Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, Maggie Q as Tori Wu, and Theo James in the role of Four. Woodley, appropriately, has the most action.
The film won’t be released until March 21, 2014.
Earlier this month, The Wrap reported comments from Lionsgate executives.
Rob Friedman, co-chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said it would be premature to predict that it will put up ticket sales on the order of the nearly $700 million worldwide that “The Hunger Games” grossed when it hit theaters in 2012.
“I don’t know if we’d ever want to put that burden on any film,” he said.
The article also notes that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and Friedman have budgeted the film as “commercial” rather than as a “blockbuster.”