The Fandom’s Visit to the Divergent Set

In May, Summit Entertainment generously invited The Fandom along with other fan sites—Divergent LexiconDivergent Fans, Divergent Movies, I Am Divergent, Divergent Examiner, Divergent Guide, and Divergent Society—to visit the Chicago set of Divergent.  While in Chicago  we got to chat with the amazing cast and crew,  hang out on set where we had the privilege of watching a scene be filmed, saw some remarkable concept art, got an up-close view of the costumes, and even had the chance to do some Windy City sightseeing, which included a ride on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel–in the gondola, of course, as climbing is prohibited!  Another of our stops in the city was the Abnegation neighborhood located at 600 S Wells.  The uniform, square, Abnegation gray houses were built for the film and visible from the road; however our group had the opportunity to go inside the fence and see the houses up close while they were in various stages of completeness, as you can see below.


In addition to this incredible experience, we had the pleasure of meeting with the cast from the bottom of The Pit! While we couldn’t take any photos while at the indoor set,  I can assure you it was AMAZING! The morning of our first day on set we spoke with a number of the cast members, most of which will we tell you about in future posts, but today we’re sharing our interview with Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Zoe Kravitz (Christina) who came to us as a pair.  It’s worth noting how refreshing it was to see what wonderful chemistry those two have–it’s clear they’re great friends, which comes across in the interview as they banter with each other. Overall the cast, which you’ll know if you follow them on social media, all get along so well and Shai and Zoe are no exception.  Among the things they discuss with us are their characters, favorite days on set, and why Theo James is the perfect Four!


Shailene, was it intimidating for you to come into sort of a heroic type of YA literature role?

Shailene: It was intimidating because of the word heroic. I don’t think Tris is a hero necessarily–she’s not a super hero and she’s not like an action star, she’s just a normal girl who’s put in a very elevated situation and she has to rise to the occasion. Just in the same way had it been Christina who had been in this situation, she would have risen to that event. I don’t think that Tris is more special than anyone else, she’s just the one that has to be girl who has to get her sh*t together.

Zoe: (laughs) Get your sh*t together.

Do you relate to your characters in any way?

Shailene: You relate to yours a lot right?

Zoe: Yeah, because I can’t keep my mouth shut? Yes I do, I do. Christina’s like, she’s brave and she’s wacky and she’s honest. I have no filter either.

Shailene: They’re both Sagittarius.

Zoe: It’s true.

Were you excited when you got the parts?

Shailene: Very excited. Yeah, I was more excited when she got the part.

Zoe: Aww.

Were you guys friends before this?

Zoe: No. 

Shailene: SUCH good friends. Yeah, we met doing this. We had a lot of mutual friends.

You guys are obviously wearing very different costumes. How much does it help you to step out of those and into Dauntless?

Shailene: You want to take that?

Zoe: Go for it. 

Shailene: Well, you see right now I’m wearing some laundry cloths…some kitchen wipes. Um, no I think the Dauntless clothes are very cool because they’re very tactical based and Carlo the designer did a really good job at making them functional as well as physical beautiful for the eyes to look at. And so to transform obviously from going into a dress to leggings that you can move and run and kick in is a pretty big difference.

Zoe: Yeah I mean the Dauntless outfits are badass–you feel tougher depending on what you’re wearing. I put on my big army boots and I’m ready to fight.

Go below the cut for the rest of the interview.

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Video: Divergent Filming Recorded in Chicago

Pat O’Brien recorded this video from his hotel room of what looks like the Dauntless running through the streets of Chicago! It’s especially exciting to see them climbing up to the train tracks–yes, this must be the Dauntless!

DIVERGENT Set Visit! Send Us Your Questions!


Hey Initiates!

Our admin Jessi will be going to Chicago later this week to visit the set of Divergent , and we’re taking questions from the fans!  So, if you have a question or questions that you’d like us to possibly ask the actors (including a separate interview with Theo James) /director/author, please send it to us!  You can post it on the comments below, or you can tweet it to us with hashtag #DivergentSetVisit.  Please do so before Wednesday!

We’re excited about this opportunity to be the voice for the fans!

Divergent Ferris Wheel Scene Filming Tonight

As reported by OLV, filming for Divergent will take place tonight near the pier, and it looks like it’s going to be of a well-known scene!  OLV’s reader, Chris, shared a flyer with information about the time and place of the shoot:


Thanks to one of OLV‘s unnamed readers who shared the below photos of a Ferris wheel by the pier, which is a good indicator it will be featured in the scenes filming there, aka, the Ferris wheel scene! 

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Filming Location For Divergent Revealed

Thanks to On Location Vacations reader, Matthew, we know of at least one location where Divergent will be filmed!  A notice has been circulated to residents about a informational meeting concerning the filming of “Catbird” — Divergent’s working title.  According to the notice, filming will take place in the vacant property at 600 S. Wells Street and an informational meeting is scheduled for  tomorrow for those who live in the neighborhood. 

chicago_skylineThanks to our friends at Divergent Lexicon for the tip!



Over 1500 Show Up For ‘Divergent’ Open Casting Call

The open casting call for extras earlier this month yielded a significant turn out.  Medill reports that more than 1500 hopefuls showed up for the event, which seems to be a good indicator at just how much interest is surrounding Divergent right now.

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More than 1,500 tattooed, pierced and martial-arts trained extras lined up for more than two blocks near West 16th and South Rockwell Streets on a Saturday in early February. An open casting call for the Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment film “Divergent” had the normally quiet North Lawndale neighborhood abuzz as early as 3 a.m.

The complete story can be found here.


Open Casting Call for Divergent

If you live in the Chicago area and want the chance to be an extra in Divergent, you’re in luck!  This Saturday, February 9, Atmosphere Casting is holding an open casting call for extras.


Open Casting Call This Saturday, February 9, 2013 from
10:00AM to 3:00PM at CINESPACE – Chicago Film Studios

CHICAGO, IL February 4, 2013 – Atmosphere Casting of Chicago announced today that it is in search of background talent for Summit Entertainment’s Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Neil Burger. Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film will commence principal photography this April in Chicago. Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Recruitment for participants in this shoot starts immediately as fittings for all will start in mid-February. Atmosphere Casting is looking to hire hundreds of Chicago locals to work as extras in the film, who are available during the shoot period: April 2013 through July 2013.

The open call will be held, Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at CINESPACE – Chicago Film Studios.

CINESPACE – Chicago Film Studios
2602 W. 16TH Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60608

Click here for complete details.

Thanks to our friends at Page To Premiere for the heads up!


Divergent To Start Filming in April


Just a few more months until the production of Divergent is underway!  According to Reel Chicago filming is set to commence this April!

The first Hollywood feature since 2010’s “The Dilemma” to shoot entirely in Chicago is scheduled to start filming in Chicago.  Teen action/romance sci-fi “Divergent,” from Red Wagon Entertainment, is scheduled to start filming here in April for 60 days.

Budget is a reported $40 million.

Shailene Woodley has been cast as Tris, and we told you earlier that it looks like Four might be narrowed down to Lucas Till, Jeremy Irvine and Alex Pettyfer, and the rest of the cast is yet to be confirmed, however it looks like there might be some locals cast for the film (for which roles, we do not know).

Claire Simon Casting is casting local actors.  Simon also casts “Chicago Fire,” which also is headquartered and shooting at Cinespace.

Sources say that at least 20 department heads from L.A. will be part of the production staff moving into Cinespace, including set decoration, props and set construction.  Chicago-based James McAllister is location manager.

Source: Reel Chicago via Divergent Lexicon

Divergent Movie to be Filmed in Chicago

Divergent diehards will be pleased to know that filmmakers are being true to the book and filming in Chicago!


According to an anonymous source speaking to The Chicago Sun-Times, Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Film Office, as well as film studio Cinespace, worked hard to win over the filmmakers. The convincing allegedly took months, but the filmmakers “fell in love” with several locations around the city.

No news on the exact locations where they will be filming, but we’re hoping major book hotspots like the Hancock Building and Navy Pier are among them!


A Divergent Tour of Chicago

Divergent Fans has posted a great video of two newly introduced fans of the Divergent series, Chellie and John, touring the famous locales from the books, including what John believes to be the Dauntless Headquarters!