For fans of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent,” the wait for a movie adaptation of the beloved dystopian YA thriller has been defined by brief moments of wild excitement followed by long, painful silences in which nothing happens, there is no news at all, and seriously Hollywood what are you trying to do to us WE CANNOT STAND IT ANYMORE. But at last, things seem to be moving forward: September brought reports that a release date has been set for 2014, and yesterday, rumors surfaced that Shailene Woodley is in talks for the lead role of Tris. Which means that now is the perfect time to dial up our “Divergent” obsession to 11 and offer up five strapping young actors who could play opposite Shailene (or whomever!) in the role of Four.
If you haven’t read the books, some background: Four is the enigmatic Dauntless instructor who guides Tris through the dangerous initiation into her new faction. He’s brave, bold, mysterious and—of course—a sexy beast of the highest caliber. So, who’s on our shortlist of potential actors to play the role? Check it!
Steven R. McQueen
This exceptionally handsome gent is a “Vampire Diaries” veteran, but he’s only barely dipped his toe into the waters of big-screen roles. What better transition than the familiar ground of another YA book adaptation?
Okay, we’ll admit it: At 31, Jesse may be a teensy bit old at this point to pass as an 18-year-old onscreen…but with the role of Four calling for dark hair, piercing blue eyes and a certain gravitas, he’s certainly packing a lot of, um, qualifications.
After years of playing the overlooked, doofy Neville Longbottom in the “Harry Potter” franchise, Matthew is perfectly positioned to step into the spotlight as the star of the “Divergent” adaptation. And considering that he’s become a bona fide hunk of late, all he’d need for this one is an American accent.
From bit parts in “Pretty Little Liars” to his big breakout in “Rock of Ages,” Diego has been an impressive new presence in Hollywood of late; we like him so much, we even added him to the cast of our new show, “Underemployed.” But hey, if Hollywood wants him to ride the Dauntless train, we’d offer him a ride to the station.
After getting passed over twice as a possible contender for major roles in “The Hunger Games,” Alex deserves a serious look for the next big YA book-to-movie adaptation. Plus, he is number four, you know.
Which of our picks do you like best for Four? Have any ideas of your own? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!