Warning: Major spoilers for “Insurgent” and “Divergent” ahead.
She fought a creepy little ghost girl in “The Ring,” and now she’s fighting a war in post-Apocalyptic Chicago. Naomi Watts has been cast as Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless and, shhhhhh, the long-lost mother of Four (Theo James), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Insurgent,” the sequel to “Divergent” and the second in the planned quartet based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling Young Adult series, began shooting last week in Atlanta. Watts’ character, Evelyn, features heavily in the three remaining installments of the series.
Evelyn is the toughened leader of the Factionless, having escaped a life with the abusive Marcus (Ray Stevenson), a leader of the Abnegation faction and father of Four, a member of Dauntless. After the Dauntless’ brains are hijacked by a chemical developed by the Erudite, led by Janine Matthews (Kate Winslet), the faction system is collapsing and on the brink of war.
Of course, it should be exciting to see Four discover that his mother didn’t die in childbirth when he was a kid, as he was told, but has instead been hovering on the periphery of his life this entire time, waiting for her moment to strike the faction system in its very heart.
Watts joins new additions Suki Waterhouse and Jonny Weston in the cast, as well as returning stars Shailene Woodley, James, Winslet and others.
“Insurgent” is due in theaters March 20, 2015.