‘Divergent’ Star Tony Goldwyn: Prior Family Has ‘Great Chemistry’

You’re going to have to wait for March 21, 2014, to see “Divergent” on the big screen, but if you caught the trailer at San Diego Comic-Con, you’ve already seen more than Tony Goldwyn—who was actually in the movie—has.

“Divergent” follows teenager Tris Prior in dystopian Chicago as she discovers that she’s a dangerous mix of several of her society’s personality-based factions and subsequently sparks a revolution.

When Hollywood Crush caught up with Tony earlier this week, he revealed that Tris’ big leap into the Dauntless headquarters is one of the scenes he’s most excited about seeing in finished form. That, of course, was one of the trailer’s highlights (yeah, just gonna rub it in that we’ve seen it already). But Tony, who plays Andrew Prior, the father of our heroine, is also looking forward to seeing a couple of scenes he was actually in.

“We had a wonderful scene that I participated in which was the family together the night before the choosing ceremony,” he said. “It was very good casting of the four of us, Shailene and Ashley [Judd] and Ansel [Elgort], the family, the Priors. We just had this great chemistry together and really felt like a family [living in] the world that Neil [Burger, director] created visually of the Abnegation. We had these two really wonderful days shooting these two scenes, and I’m really excited to see how those turn out.”

Of course, as you’d expect, Tony has nothing but nice things to say about the film. “The book is so wonderful, but being a movie, Neil brought incredible dimension to the different worlds and the factions. It’s really rich and complicated. We have such a great cast… It was a really great experience.”

The “Scandal” actor read and really enjoyed “Divergent,” but (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK) he didn’t go any further in the series considering his character meets an untimely end at the conclusion of the first book. While the magic of movies leaves the door slightly open for him to potentially return for the sequels (flashbacks! apparitions! the possibilities aren’t endless, but there are some options!), author Veronica Roth put the kibosh on any resurrection.

“I doubt it,” Tony said of a second appearance. “Veronica Roth said, flatteringly, one of her biggest regrets is that she didn’t write Andrew into the other books, that she killed Andrew off, so I don’t think there’s much hope for a resurrection of the ghost of Andrew. But we’ll see.”

See! There’s always hope for more.

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