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Watch: First 'Divergent' Trailer and 9 New Pictures

Is this a young adult adaptation that's going to sell tickets?

Divergent movie trailer from MTV VMAs
Shailene Woodley in Divergent
Photo: Summit Entertainment

Summit premiered the first official Divergent trailer tonight at the MTV Video Music Awards and I have it for you to watch directly below.

Directed by Neil Burger and based on the novel by Veronica Roth, Divergent as a future-set action adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.

Along with Woodley the film co-stars Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz and Woodley's The Spectacular Now co-star Miles Teller.

With the failure of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones this weekend to capture audience attention, Divergent is one of the next unknown young adult properties hoping to hit it big a la Twilight and The Hunger Games. Do you think it can do it?

Summit will release Divergent in theaters on March 21, 2014. Check out the trailer directly below and on the following pages check out 20 pictures from the movie.

DIVERGENT

Check out more pictures on Page Two and Three!

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

    The second pic on the second page reminds me so much of the hunger games. And I'm sad to see that Kate Winslet's career is on decline.

    • movielover

      Yeah, her career is really on decline because she's in one blockbuster. So many successful actors/actresses pop up in blockbusters every now and then, and their careers don't suffer. Winslet is no different. She has three other upcoming prestigious projects, one of which is an Oscar contender this year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Hunger games ish. But yes this can sell tickets if the marketing is well done. It's these kind of YA adaptations that bring in more than just young adults to the theaters and in return selling more tickets. Not mortal instruments or Percy jackson.

    • movielover

      This movie might benefit from the fact that it's distinct. Marketing can focus on identifying yourself through a faction, for instance. Summit wisely chose not to focus on romance; the trailer is action-packed and the story's theme of choosing your identity is present. I don't think it'll be as big as Hunger Games but it'll probably do well for its genre.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I have basically zero interest in this movie, but I watched the trailer anyways

    More special butterfly garbage.

    • Ashley

      try reading the book first and then you'll be interested

    • http://Instagram.com/ficti0nal_ Divergentsjustbetter

      Read the books.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AuroraBlue/ AuroraBlue

    Divergent is more along the lines of Hunger Games than Twi or TMI (dystopian vs. paranormal romance). Another excellent book series. I would love to see a decent film come from this. Rossi also has a huge fan base, but that means nothing if the movie is bad (a la Cassandra Clare). Not getting my hopes up....

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    It looks fine, I might see it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/m1/ m1

    I think this could be really good. I don't think it will be as popular as The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, but it should do well enough to earn three sequels (assuming they split the third book into two movies, which they probably will). It looks a lot like THG and City of Ember for sure. Hopefully Winslet didn't just do this for the paycheck (and no, her career is not on decline; what a ridiculous thing to say).

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

      Take a look at everything she's done Post-Eternal Sunshine. Nothing truly stellar has come out with her, plus she was in Movie 43.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

        Well she did win an Oscar in that span. Certainly the Academy's opinion doesn't mean everything but it's hard to make the case that she won an Oscar in the middle of a declining career.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

        ".. plus she was in Movie 43."

        Along with many other A list stars and Oscar nominees. That doesn't really prove anything considering Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Chloe Moretz and Naomi Watts were in it, and none of them are going anywhere.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

          I wouldn't say that those four aren't going anywhere.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

            Exactly what I'm trying to say. That's why his argument doesn't work at all.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

              Oh I'm sorry, I misunderstood your comment.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    This looks like such a riff on The Hunger Games...almost embarrassingly so, right down to the release date and IMAX release. People are more willing to spend in March than August, but if this doesn't differentiate itself in a big way or have a huge built-in fanbase I think it's gonna be another major bomb. Now if only comic book toy commercials could get on the same downward spiral that all these special butterfly movies are on....

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoeShlomo/ JoeShlomo

    This looks reaaaaally bad. I laughed out loud at "then you're already dead" and "DON'T try to define me!"

    two goddamn horrible lines in the same trailer!? Plumb ridiculous, folks.

    • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

      "Don't try to define me!" Seems like most young adult fantasy tales carry the theme of not conforming to a system, and being independent and strong. There's literally nothing else to them; or the ever-so famous, "You're different. You may be the only one who can save us" bit.

  • Cherie Elise

    Actually, this book is nothing like the Hunger Games and it is most definently not "butterfly garbage". This book was very intense and I know the movie is going to be too. Before you start "reviewing" the trailer, read the book because obviously you think Divergent is like the Hunger Games because you have no idea what the hell is going on. Good. Day. :)

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

      Lol, fanboys and fangirls for books are hilarious.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AuroraBlue/ AuroraBlue

        Have you never read a book? One that you really enjoyed and actually had some excitement over? And then have someone be dismissive of it because of one written blurb? Wouldn't you try to convince them that they should give it a try? I wonder how you would feel if they dismissed you as a fanboy...

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

          Yeah, I don't care about that, it's the ridiculous final sentence of her comment I'm talking about. If you have to read the book in order to understand the trailers or the movie, then why should I see it? All that means is that the director and/or marketing team don't know how to sell a movie to someone other than the established fanbase. Of course I've tried to convince to read/watch something if I'm a fan of it, but that doesn't mean I or the person I'm trying to convince has "no idea what the hell is going on.", not to mention that I'm pretty sure Cherie hasn't even seen the movie yet. That comment is insulting, and it doesn't make me want to listen to this person's opinion. Maybe if they had been more gracious or explained why they liked the book, I would be more understanding. If you would care to explain why you liked the book, I'd be more than happy to read and reply. :D

  • Brenda Murphy

    JoeShlomo laughing out loud is something I am too sure you are used to... whenever you pull your pants down. I'm pretty sure you have absolutely nothing of equal value you can compair this project to. Even if you were dumb enough not to have utilized a condom on that one night you got luck, and this race we call "human" now exists of your human reproduction. I'm going to give this movie a chance because I feel it "IS" fraying away from the hunger games aspect. I think it gives us an intake to what our primal and human side would do in an era where we had nothing to lose but love or family. I think that faced with such quandaries I myself would become quite cliche. Also anyone who is uber judgemental of something fiction is well (how does one put this. You're an uptight asshole who needs to jerk-off) P.S. Kate Winslet is a goddess and should be treated as such? If you feel otherwise post a pic and prove you're not a bitter troll.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoeShlomo/ JoeShlomo

      Sure as hell didn't laugh out loud at this....rebuttle? Be more coherent next time.

      Trailers are meant to sell movies, and to build hype around them so that people will go see them. This didn't do a good job of it. It was silly and looked like the hunger games, like everyone's already pointed out.

      Obviously they're trying to make it look like the hunger games, because that was a profitable film and they hope to achieve that kind of success.

      If this gets crazy great reviews, I'll see it. If I like it, I'll let you know. This trailer is entirely awful.

      So now, I'll go try to get luck with my condom or something.

  • Brenda Murphy

    "Plumb" now that is lol

  • http://seikozoorhess.deviantart.net Paul Hennen

    The Hunger Games comparions are silly. Why are they similar? Because a girl stands up to conformity? That's about it. The Hunger Games Is overrated anyway...

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    I'm definitely picking up on the "Hunger Games" vibes from the trailer, but terribly so, I'm also feeling a little bit of "The Host" in there. Hopefully it turns out to be like the former: a mostly successful and entertaining adaptation.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Even though the film isn't for me i would love to live in the future where everyone is ridiculously good lookin'.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AuroraBlue/ AuroraBlue

    While, of course, Hunger Games has a different plot, they are both dystopian novels. And Tris IS like Katniss in that she is a strong female character whose basic focus is survival; Tris is different in that she cannot be "defined" by the current/strict societal limitations in that she has traits related to three of the factions - and that "divergence" allows her to think outside of them. And to the society - in order to maintain control, that poses a threat. This this is not some otherworldly ability and she is not the only one that has it and the leaders are threatened by this - hence their perception that they need to be eliminated. This was just the teaser trailer. I DO recommend reading the book even if you decide that this one minute clip has somehow totally convinced you not to see the film....

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

    Poor acting, terrible dialogue and looks like a real Hunger Games rip-off. And Kate Winslet, what are you doing? I'm pretty sure you have your pick of projects. WHY THIS?????

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Tom/ Tom

    It's as if they tried to fit in as many cliche lines as they could within a minute.

  • Sara Samaletdin

    I do not mind more YA novels adapted to movies, but every time I read the description for this it is so silly that I can not take it seriously. The "distinct factions based on personalities" sounds like it is based on Harry Potter houses (why nearly all the YA novels have ridiculous concepts?) And there is also the you are different cliche, and this is marketed so brazenly as the new Hunger Games that it is off-putting. Maybe this ends up being good but this trailer is not good enough to convince me. If there is one new YA based movie that will end up being good in near future is Enders Game.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    It looks fine but the trailer is kind of disappointing. But I'll still see it because I loved the book.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/racquetman/ racquetman

    She's different........so we have to kill her.........but we can't kill her even though we appear to have ALL the power in the world to do so. Silly.

    The message of this movie and Hunger Games seems to be that if you're a young, attractive female then you can get stuff done. The good looking women of our society don't need empowering, though - the average to below average looking women do.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    A little surprised to see Kate Winslet in this...this isn't exactly a genre of film she appears in much. Either way, the movie looks like a Hunger Games ripoff which I guess might be smart marketing?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    The only YA type stuff I ever read was the Harry Potter series but this does look derivative of many of the others based on appearances from this trailer. Which also isn't a terribly good trailer.

    I'm sure there's an audience for it, but it won't be me.

    It's interesting that more people are commenting on Kate Winslet's presence in a film like this rather than the film itself! It's not her normal type of film, but maybe she decided to take a more commercially intended film for a change.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/wuggles/ B. Smith

    The books aren't that bad, seriously. I think after Twilight everyone automatically assumes that every YA book that gets adapted to a movie is crap. Which is not the case. Even the Percy Jackson books got fairly good reviews. Also, I don't remember people saying Mortal Instruments was great (IIRC there were rumors it was based on a Harry Potter fanfic or something like that) but it didn't sound like it was anywhere near as bad as the movie turned out. The Divergent books aren't masterpieces but people are going on like they're crap without having read them. They are sort of like The Hunger Games though, or at least enough that the movie could be made into a Hunger Games clone. Personally I think the movie will not be that great and won't spawn a franchise. The books aren't unique enough and it doesn't have enough of a fanbase to make up for that.

  • Mudra Lakhani

    read the book first then you'll LOVE it.