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The Divergent Movie Might Getting All Classy and British With Kate Winslet

For the unaware, Veronica Roth‘s Divergent trilogy is an über-popular teen series about a dystopian world in which society is separated into factions based on dominant characteristics (the main character, Tris, belongs to the Dauntless faction, whose members are characterized by bravery). As with all über-popular teen series (serieses? serieseses?) these days, there’s a movie adaptation in the works. We already know who’s playing Tris (that would be Shailene Woodley), but Variety has news about a possible new addition to the cast: Kate Winslet.

Who Winslet is in talks to play is unknown at this point, but there are only a few characters who would match. My mind first went to Tris’ mother Natalie, who seems all sweet and boring at first but then turns out to be a total badass in book two, Insurgent. However, most speculation is that she’ll play the villain, Jeanine Matthews, which seems more likely if only because [major Insurgent spoilers] Natalie dies in the second book, while Jeanine’s character only gets more screentime. If they’re going to hire a big actor like Winslet, I’d imagine it would be for as big as a role as possible.

I find Matthews, head of the Erudite (aka “smart people” faction), to be kind of a boring character—super-smart, sneaky, wants to control society, I’ve seen this in a billion books and movies already, thanks. I’d more like to see Winslet play Natalie because the prospect of her fighting her way through a crowd of brainwashed soldiers to save her daughter’s life is more interesting to me than “Bow before my superior intellect and British accent, BWAHAHAHA,” even if Natalie’s role is smaller.

So. That’s where we are with Divergent now. Obligatory Teen Series Love Interest Four hasn’t been cast yet, and the movie doesn’t come out for another year-plus, so it might (miiiiight) be a while yet before we get any official casting news on that.

(via: Variety)

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  • Guest

    SPOILERDidn’ Tris’

  • Mariana Coelho

    Don’t Natalie die in the first book? Because I still haven’t read Insurgent and I’m pretty sure I remember her dying…
    Well, it’s really at the end, but it’s in the first book, I think.

  • Kay Livingston

    All I have to say about Divergent is that nothing about the book world makes any sense, its internal logic is incredibly inconsistent, and I kept groaning out loud while reading it. I REJOICED when I realized it was over and the last 50-someodd pages were just discussion guide. I can’t believe it’s books like these that keep blowing up and becoming huge phenomena.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Skipping the story and the comments because I’m only a third of the way through the first book. Does it bother the people in Erudite that some of the names of the factions are different parts of speech? :)

  • Raimy Greenland

    I am a huge Divergent fan and have read both books. I have to say I would much prefer Winslet to be playing Mathews, I just don’t like the idea of her playing Natalie! Even so, I wish they’d just let us know who is playing Four already!

  • Giu Alonso

    YES. It bothers me so much! (But I work at a publishing house, so that’s probably why.)

  • Carina Erk

    I must admit that I quite liked Divergent and Insurgent. Yes, the world building was…well…not entirely logical, and having bully with two crownies AGAIN wasn’t so great either, but I came to really like the characters. Tris has just the right amount of flaws, and her relationship with Four felt actually refreshing and real. There was a lot that annoyed me in Insurgent especially, but the relationships were nice, and it was -overall- an enjoyable read. I wasn’t even aware that it was some kind of huge phenomenon oO