Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Last Peek: "Insurgent"

The final trailer for Insurgent, the sequel to the Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate film Divergent has dropped.

The action is set in a society divided into five factions that each represent a particular virtue: honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness and intelligence. Once a year, sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. It's then a teenage boy and girl set out to rebel against the system and discover a growing conflict that threatens to unravel this seemingly perfect society.

Shailene Woodley is back playing Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago while on the run with Four (Theo James) and hunted by the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite (Kate Winslet).

Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney and Zoe Kravitz are also returning while Octavia Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction. Suki Waterhouse plays Marlene, a member of the Dauntless faction. Jonny Weston's character deets are unknown. Naomi Watts has signed on for the next three installments of the film series in the key role of Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless whose role grows as the series goes along. “Lost” and Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim will play Jack Kang, a Candor representative who briefly houses members of the Dauntless faction not allied with the Erudite. The one time Parenthood guest star Rosa Salazar is Lynn.  She is one of the Dauntless-born initiates, and, in books, is described as beautiful and sports a shaved head. Dance Academy TV star Keiynan Lonsdale is playing Uriah an initiate like Tris who grows closer to her as the stakes get higher. The character did appear in the first novel but  he did not pop up in the film adaptation."Chef” actor Emjay Anthony will portray Hector--The Dauntless-born brother of the Shauna and Lynn characters.

Divergent director Neil Burger (“Limitless”) opted NOT to return to call action on the follow-up--due to the compressed production schedule for the film series. The first has grossed over $252 million worldwide since the movie’s March 21 2014 release.

Robert Schwentke directed the film that adapts the 2nd novel in author Veronica Roth's young adult novel series using a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman.

Douglas Wick Lucy Fisher and Pouya Shabazian will produce the film.

Todd Lieberman David Hoberman Neil Burger and Barry Waldman are the executive producers.

I enjoyed the first film more than I thought I would (or should)...Anything is better than the glittering vampires of the  Twilight film series...

Production took place in Atlanta The sequel will hit theaters on March 20th.

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