Since December when she became Mrs. Rocknroll, we haven’t heard much from Kate Winslet, but yesterday, Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, confirmed she will star as Jeanine Matthews in the studio’s futuristic action adventure “Divergent.”
The film also stars Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley, as well as Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q.
The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. Principal photography begins this April in Chicago.
The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing.
“Divergent” is an adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (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.
The popular young adult novel “Divergent” was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped the New York Times Best Sellers list since it was published in May of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers.
The studio acquired the film rights to the novel in early 2011, several months before the book was published.
“Divergent” follows on Summit’s huge success with “The Twilight Saga” franchise, which has grossed more than $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office.