The Official DIVERGENT Trailer and Over 160 Screencaps

Here’s the official theatrical trailer for Divergent:

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Video: New Footage of Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews

Entertainment Tonight released another behind-the-scenes video which features some new footage of Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews.  Personally, I’m not sure how one could watch this and NOT agree that Winslet is PERFECT for the role, right??

Kate Winslet Admits She Had No Hesitation In Accepting Her Role In Divergent

Kate Winslet recently talked with MTV about accepting the role of Jeanine Matthews in Divergent, even admitting  she’s scored some cool points with her kids!

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“I didn’t have any hesitation at all,” she said of her role in what could be a three-part series. “It was such a great script. It’s a fantastic book.”

“My daughter is going to be 13, and my son is almost 10, and they’re getting to that age where this is the type of literature they’re going to be reading very soon,” she explained. “In fact, my daughter, two days ago, came home from school and went, ‘Mom! You’re never going to believe it. Rufus came up to me at school and said, ‘Is your mom really in ‘Divergent’? Is there going to be a premiere? Can you get me a ticket?’ ‘ My daughter suddenly [had a] new-found respect. ‘My mum is actually really cool.’ I’m just going to go with that. I did it because I wanted my kids to think I was cool.”

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First Look at Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews in DIVERGENT

USA Today has released the first photo of Kate Winslet as Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews!

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Here’s an excerpt from the story where Winslet talks a bit about her character:

That’s just what Winslet does in the pivotal role of Jeanine Matthews in the film adaptation (out March 21) of the first novel in Veronica Roth’s best-selling Divergent trilogy.

Jeanine is the architect of a futuristic dystopian society based in Chicago, in which the population is divided into five factions. As the leader of the Erudite, or intelligent group, Jeanine is also the story’s antagonist.

Winslet’s character adopts a positively chilly demeanor when she meets hero Tris Prior (The Descendants‘ Shailene Woodley) and her family in a scene depicting the day Tris will choose her faction.

“That’s the whole point of Jeanine,” Winslet says. “She walks down the corridor and sort of just leaves this vapor trail. I knew I had to bring that intimidation.”

The role gives the Oscar winner (best actress for 2008’s The Reader) the opportunity to play her first screen villain.

“I’m no idiot. The idea went through my head that I have never played a baddie before,” she says. “I was almost kind of surprised.”

I have to say, she does look intimidating!  Let us know what you think about this first look at Jeanine Matthews and visit USA Today to read the complete story.

Allegiant Book Cover Reveal, Plus Veronica Roth Talks About Her Thoughts On The Movie

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The folks over at Lionsgate were gracious enough to invite TheFandom.net, along with other fansites, such as Divergent Fans, That’s Normal, FangirlishHypable, Page to Premiere, Young Adult Hollywood, and I Am Divergent, to their offices in L.A. to participate in a roundtable interview with author Veronica Roth.  We got to ask Veronica about anything and everything to do with Divergent, and as you might guess, most of the questions involved were either about the Divergent movie, or the third book in the trilogy, titled Allegiant, like if she had a problem with the ages of the actors playing her young characters (no), or if the end of book three will really be the end (yes), and what scenes she’s excited to see in the movie (the answer of which you’ll have to read about below).

On the books

Was Allegiant always the title, or did you go through a few different ideas? 

Veronica Roth (VR):  I did not go through a few different ideas.  It was always going to be the title.

Were you laughing when these ideas (book titles) kept coming up? 

VR: I wasn’t laughing, because in the very early stages, I certainly thought of those words.  I remember looking up a list of the 36 words in the English language that rhymed with Divergent.  I really don’t know what to do here, because Assurgent was never going to be the word.  I wasn’t laughing, but I was laughing when they put Detergent.  I was like, yes!  It’s permeated the public conscience!

What kind of tidbits can you share from Allegiant? 

VR: What can I share? Is there anything I can share? I can’t say very much.  I think the things that you expect to learn more about, you do.  (acting coy, then laughs)  But you will find out who this Edith Prior person is and how they’re (her and Tris) are related.

So, questions will be answered (regarding the third book)?

VR: Yes! I try very hard to answer all the questions I thought that readers are likely to have, because those are the questions that I set up and those are the ones that I had when I started writing.

What does the word “allegiant” mean to you?

VR: To me, it means one who is loyal or faithful to a particular cause or person.

The second book really opened up a whole new world.  It could go so many different directions, and I was thinking that it seems like it could be really difficult to close it all off in one more book.  Would you ever continue after the third, or is that the end?

VR: I definitely mapped it out to be three books, and I think the ending is definitely an end.

Veronica Roth Clarifies Some "Free Four" Details

Will you ever write from Four’s point-of-view again, or any of the other characters’ point-of-view?

VR: I wouldn’t rule it out as far as sort of like side material, like Free Four.  What I discovered when I wrote Free Four was that it’s intensely difficult to re-write a scene from another character’s perspective because you have to keep composing the original scene to make sure that it lines up.  Then you have to keep the whole frame of the story in mind.  It was so hard that I thought I don’t know if I could ever do this as a full-length “thing.” It was fun, but it was definitely a challenge.  (open to it, yes) Open (to the idea), but I chose Tris’ narrative for a reason.

After we read Insurgent, it really turned the whole story on its head.  Can we expect that level of shock in Allegiant?  Or will it just become like answering questions? 

VR: I can’t really like anticipate how you’re going to react to it.  I think certainly some things will be shocking and some things will be like, “Ahhh!”

When you sat down to write Divergent, did you have people in mind when you were writing the characters?

VR: Not really.  I’m not one of those people who make fancasts mostly because I don’t really know actors that well.  Also, I think the images I have of characters and of the settings of the book is slightly more vague, sort of like squinting at something from afar, and I think that has helped me be more open-minded about watching the filming happen.  It’s been more magical than disappointing, because it’s like seeing someone flesh-out the details of this thing that I imagined.

On your blog, you said that what you want to write about has changed.  If you could “dreamwrite” whatever you want, what’s your dreamwriting, then?

VR: I think when I said that, I was writing the same world, the same kind of story.  But I think [Allegiant] is different in some of the things it tackles.  I mean Divergent and Insurgent are like heavy action, kind of pretty violent books.  And the third book has action, but a lot of my interest has kind of moved toward the societal struggles that are happening, and the wrestling that Tris is doing inside her head.  That was more of what I was referring to.  I love action, and I’m an action girl, but I think it’s a little more balanced now.

If you were going to place yourself in the Divergent story, which character do you think you would see yourself as? 

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No, she didn’t really wear a Hufflepuff shirt at the interview

What a question! I don’t know.  Probably one of the side people (laughs).  Like Susan.

So, are you Divergent? What faction do you see yourself a part in?

Well, that’s an interesting question.  I used to think that I would choose Dauntless.  I think that’s just a desire like a lot of people have.  “Oh yes, I want to be a badass!” I’m not!  I think I would actually choose Abnegation.  I’m a Hufflepuff [so it makes sense].

On being an author

Why do you think the dystopian future drama is so compelling right now? 

I’ve thought about that a lot.  I think it’s interesting because it sort of pulls you in both directions.  You’re interested in the forward thrust of the story and the history of the world and how it sort of became that way.  So, I think anything that will pull your mind that way will be really interesting.  Also, it would just create some really dynamic backdrop for the very human struggles and stories.

What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

I like revision a lot.  My rough drafts are just insane.  Like, word vomit mess.  Gross.  Awful.  Terrible.  And so, what I really love is kind of getting really good notes, which I’ve gotten, and totally ripping it apart and putting it back together to find the story that I originally wanted to tell.  I especially like late-stage revisions where you’re fixing little things and you start to see what it’s going to look like at the finish.  It’s really amazing.

This is going to open it up to such a new audience for people who haven’t read the books.  What does it feel like to have the last book coming out and closing the story not too far from when all these new people are starting it? 

It’s a little weird, because a lot of people are asking me about Divergent, and I’m like, “Oh man, that was so long ago!” Sometimes I don’t remember the details, but it’s incredible, obviously, to see so many people gravitating towards the books.  I kind of convinced myself that after the first burst of readership that I got, that that would be it, but it seems to be continuing its roll, and that’s amazing.  I’m glad I finished the third book before a lot of this move stuff started, so I could still imagine the characters the way I had without that changing.

On the movie

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EW Talks Divergent Cast

EW’s Erin Strecker shared her feeling about the cast of Divergent, particularly Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

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Personally, I can’t wait to see Shailene Woodley as the heroine. Like a lot of people, I was blown away by Woodley’s performance in The Descendants (Haters, I direct you to thisheartbreaking scene) so I can’t wait to see what she does with the simultaneously tough and vulnerable Tris. I can’t be the only one who was thrilled seeing this photo of Woodleysurrounded by knives from one of the early Dauntless initiation days, although I not-so-secretly wish we’d also gotten a look at the guy throwing the weapons — which leads me to Theo James.

James’ performance as Four is the one I’m most anxious to watch. The duo’s chemistry in the novel is one of the main selling points. (This is a YA trilogy, after all!) But equally important is his emotional arc, both with how he came to his nickname and his relationship with his father — since each give the character some much-needed depth. James’ previous work as a doomed Turkish diplomat on Downton Abbey prove the former Mr. Pamuk isn’t horrible to look at, but fans of the book know Four needs to be more than just a pretty face.

Check out our gallery of all the actors playing these already-loved characters (Oscar-winner Kate Winslet finally gets to be a big bad villain? Perfect!) and then tell us in the comments whose performance you are most looking forward to seeing on the big screen come next year. I’m already prepared to shed a few tears for Al (Christian Madsen).

If you haven’t yet shared your thoughts with us about the cast, please do so!  Do you agree with Erin? Let us know!

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Kate Winslet is Officially Jeanine Matthews!


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We told you last week that Kate Winslet would be portraying Jeanine in Divergent, but it wasn’t official until yesterday.  Veronica Roth took to her blog to reveal her feelings on this casting choice:

Okay, so you may have seen/heard rumors of this already, so it’s not exactly new news, but it is Officially Official, which means that I can tell you my thoughts.

KATE WINSLET has been cast as Jeanine Matthews!

What can I say? When I found out, I was floored. I grew up watching Kate Winslet in movies, whether it was Titanic or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or The Reader, and she is an incredible actress, and I am sure that she will be extraordinary as Jeanine. I’m excited to see the complexity and depth she’ll bring to the role.

That was me containing my fangirling.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(That was me not containing my fangirling.)

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