Based on the best-selling dystopian drama by Veronica Roth, “Divergent” takes place in a near-future Chicago, where society has been divided into five factions, each upholding a different virtue. Citizens are tested as teens to determine where they fit, but when Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene) receives a “divergent” result (meaning she doesn’t fit squarely into any faction), she leaves the safety of her Abnegation home and joins up with the brave Dauntless. (Explaining the knives in the image, which are part of the initiation process for the fearless faction.)
“After I read the book, I was really profoundly moved, and it’s really metaphorical for things that are going on today, specifically things that I’m passionate about and things that I want to make public and things that I want to educate people on,” Shailene told MTV News earlier this year. “So I think it’s a really great platform, not only artistically but also from a human level just to expose these kind of messy, nasty things that are going on in our country.”
Production on the film—which also stars Theo James, Kate Winslet, and Ashley Judd—began just weeks ago, making this sneak peek a surprise treat for fans eager for any intel on the March 2014 release.
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