"Do you want to see it?" Theo James’ Four asks Shailene Woodley’s Tris Prior before removing one of his garments in this new Divergent movie clip. "That’s amazing!" she tells him. (Photo: Shailene Woodley and Theo James in Divergent movie.)
No, it’s not what you’re thinking. The "it" in question is a enormous tattoo that covers nearly all of Theo James’ back. That is what Shailene Woodley finds amazing. All the while, Ellie Goulding’s "Dead in the Water" plays in the background — I take that back, the song is actually heard in the foreground, as it’s about as loud as the dialogue between James and Woodley. See and hear the Divergent clip below.
‘Divergent’: ‘Thrilling action-adventure’
You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the soap opera-like clip, but Divergent is supposed to be a "thrilling action-adventure film set in a future where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities." Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate Pictures will be releasing Divergent in on March 21, 2014.
The film’s target audience is clearly the same people who made Twilight a cultural phenomenon a mere five years ago. Well, with the addition of those who were 8 or 9 years old back then — and who are now 13 or 14.
Yeah, yeah, I know Twilight isn’t just for teenagers, but it’s not for 8-year-olds either. That’s the point I’m making: Divergent will reach millions of moviegoers that weren’t available for Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight five years ago. Or so Summit/Lionsgate is/are hoping, as teenagers represent a key segment of the moviegoing public in the United States.
Anyhow, like the Twilight movies, Divergent will offer romance; a good-looking young man played by a British actor (Theo James instead of Robert Pattinson); a pretty, brown-haired, young heroine played by an American actress (Shailene Woodley instead of Kristen Stewart); and overly conspicuous pop songs. Missing, admittedly, are shirtless werewolves.
Directed by Neil Burger — of the Bradley Cooper thriller Limitless and the well-received Edward Norton mystery-drama The Illusionist — Divergent is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling book series. Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor are credited for the screenplay.
Besides Shailene Woodley and Theo James, the Divergent movie also features Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (The Reader), Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Christian Madsen, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Justine Wachsberger, and Mekhi Phifer.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James in Divergent movie photo: Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures.