Mekhi Phifer Is A Last-Minute Join In ‘Divergent’

The “Divergent” movie is officially off and running—production began yesterday in Chicago, which will be transformed into a crumbling dystopian metropolis by the time we see it on the big screen!—but it’s never too late to add a new cast member or two.

Variety reported late Monday that Mekhi Phifer has joined the flick, with Veronica Roth chiming in via blog to confirm that he’ll be playing yet another member of the Dauntless faction. We’re gonna have trouble keeping track of all these Dauntlesses, yo. This is a LOT of Dauntlesses.

Mekhi is on board as Max, a leader of the courageous, train-hopping, base-jumping sect of “Divergent” society and one of the men responsible for administering the brutal initiation tests that heroine Tris and other aspiring faction members have to go through. (“Divergent” takes place in a future world in which society has divided itself into five distinct sections, with each group aligning itself with and living by one particular character trait. Tris, raised among the selfless Abnegation, learns during a series of placement tests that she exhibits “divergence,” a potential alignment with two or more factions; Tris then surprises everyone when she abandons her family and chooses to throw in her lot with the thrill-seeking Dauntless.)

Mekhi has been a ubiquitous actor since his breakout starring role in Spike Lee’s “Clockers” back in 1995, but is best known these days for longtime roles on TV dramas like “ER,” “Lie to Me” and “Torchwood.”

“Divergent” will be out in theaters March 21, 2014.

Is Mekhi the perfect Max?