'Divergent' Trailer: Another Young Adult Novel Gets A Film Tentpole

Last night’s MTV’s Video Music Awards can best be described as the Super Bowl of social degeneration, characterized by audio PA issues and a sort of guilt that, until last night, Catholics only knew. It makes me cringe at the thought of how many impressionable youths watch this tripe. So many ridiculous things happened last night that certain things were bound to go largely unnoticed.

Things like the first trailer for Divergent.

Between ‘N Sync’s two minute reunion (seriously, did that even count as a reunion?), Miley Cyrus’ deplorable, sex-crazed performance that opened the show, not to mention Lady Gaga’s act and the subsequent, already memed, Will Smith family reaction and all the barely decipherable speeches, can one really be expected to remember Divergent in all of that?

Of course not. But that’s what we’re here for!

Divergent is based on the 2011 best-selling novel by Veronica Roth (who is a scant 25 years old!) and will star Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, the titular divergent in the story. Kate Winslet, Maggie Q and Theo James co-star in the dystopian thriller.

The successful first book was followed last year with “Insurgent” and a 2013 sequel, titled “Allegiant”, is planned for an October release. Roth is certainly ready for her series to go big and if Divergent proves a success in its safe March release window, her other novels are sure to be picked up as a low-risk, high-reward endeavor.

Of course, that’s easiler said than done with these sorts of pictures, but the odds seem to be working in Divergant‘s favor so far.

Check out the latest young adult novel to catch a film adaptation below:

The Hunger Games is strong with this one.

Which is good news because Hollywood seems to be clamoring to find the next Hunger Games before it’s too late. Twlight was found before Harry Potter ended, and The Hunger Games found success before Twlight came to its ultimate end. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones failed at finding a wide audience this weekend (the stellar reviews didn’t help) and Ender’s Game is next up to the plate when it sees release this November.

Divergent opens March 21, 2014.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, DIVERGENT is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless—the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet—deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world—or destroy it.

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