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We’ve seen Shailene Woodley getting knives thrown at her, and a new still image from “Divergent” (via EW once again) features the heroine known as Tris Prior in even more danger. It’s not easy being Dauntless!
For those who haven’t read the books, Woodley’s Tris lives in a futuristic dystopian Chicago where inhabitants are divided into factions based on dominant character traits. She’s left Abnegation, the selfless faction she was born into, for Dauntless, made up of the bravest citizens. “In this photo she’s already jumped off the train and onto a seven story building as part of the initiation rite for the Dauntless,” director Neil Burger explains the photo to EW. “The next thing they have to do is jump from the building and down through a courtyard that has a deep, black hole. It’s terrifying.”
If you squint, I believe you can see Jai Courtney as Dauntless leader Eric as well as Tris’ fellow Dauntless initiates Peter (Miles Teller) and Christina (Zoe Kravitz), looking on as Tris is once again the first to make the leap. “Divergent” will be released on March 21, 2014 and the new photo can be found below.
Zoe Kravitz seems to be collecting sci-fi franchises with roles in “X-Men: First class” and next year’s “Divergent”, and today we have our first look at the rising actress in M. Night Shyamalan’s “After Earth”, thanks to Blackfilm.
Kravitz plays daughter to Will Smith and Sophie Okonedo and brother to Jaden Smith in the family-friendly adventure set 1,000 years after Earth has been destroyed and abandoned. Father and son, both members of the peacekeeping army Ranger Corps, go on a mission to Earth that crashes and kills everyone else on board. Dad is a decorated Captain, and the son is a weakling who’s probably going to spend the movie proving he’s just as heroic as his dad as he battles a wild and untamed Earth, but either way it sounds like Kravitz probably won’t have to much to do as one of the womenfolk who get left behind on their new planet Nova Prime.
The first photo features Kravitz and the junior Smith inside some kind of orb. Is he a bubble boy? Is this movie about a bubble boy?? Anyway, see it below and catch “After Earth” when it’s released on May 31st.
Well this one was a nailbiter. Months after we first heard about Shailene Woodley searching for her Four, news has finally arrived that British actor Theo James has landed the much sought-after male lead in Neil Burger’s adaptation of hit YA novel series “Divergent.” Additionally, the supporting cast is also coming together quick, and Summit/Lionsgate is closing deals with Kate Winslet (long rumored), Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ray Stevenson. Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney and Maggie Q were previously announced.
Filming begins imminently in Chicago on the futuristic dystopian tale starring Woodley as Tris Prior, who lives in a society which divides its people into factions based on their most dominant character traits. She’s part of Abnegation, who values selflessness above all else, but abandons them at her choosing ceremony to join the Dauntless, who are known for being brave. There she meets Four, one of the leaders of her new faction. Courtney plays Eric, another Dauntless leader and Four’s rival (but rest assured, not for Tris’ affections). Elgort plays Tris’ brother, who also shocks their family when he chooses to leave Abnegation for Euridate, the faction that values knowledge. Q and Kravitz play Dautless faction members and Tris’ allies, while Winslet plays Jeanine, the leader of the Euridite who becomes a major villainous figure. Teller will also play a villain, a Dauntless bully named Peter. Eckhart seems logical for the role of Marcus, an Abnegation leader and Four’s father.
James, who many people recognize from “Downton Abbey”, starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in “Underworld: Awakening.” Teller, Woodley’s co-star in the upcoming “The Spectacular Now”, is earning raves for that Sundance and SXSW hit, and recently wrapped up shooting on ensemble rom com “Are We Officially Dating?” with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan.
Australian up and comer Jai Courtney is the latest to join the ever-growing cast of YA adaptation “Divergent”, and he too, will not be playing Four, the male lead of the series. Deadline reports Courtney will take the role of Eric opposite Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort.
Neil Burger will direct the film based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling teen dystopian series, which sees Woodley’s Tris Prior living in a society that’s divided into factions (Dauntless, Abnegation, Amity, Candor, and Erudite), and each person is sorted into each faction based on a personality test that determines their dominant character traits. Born into the selfless faction Abnegation, Tris shocks her family when she opts to join Dauntless, the brave, instead. There she meets Four, a fellow Abnegation defector who has now taken on a leadership role in their new faction. Eric is the ruthless leader of the Dauntless, who has a heated rivalry with Four. Elgort plays Tris’ brother, Kravitz a friend and Q a tattoo artist who knows the secrets of their shady society.
Courtney is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and is certainly living up to the challenge. Aside from “Divergent”, he has been landing big roles in blockbuster projects left and right, the most recent of which were “Jack Reacher” opposite Tom Cruise and “A Good Day to Die Hard”, in which he played Bruce Willis’ son. Later this year he’ll be seen opposite Aaron Eckhart in “I, Frankenstein” and with Joel Edgerton in gritty indie drama “Felony.”
Rising stars Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort, along with CW series “Nikita” star Maggie Q have joined Shailene Woodley in the adaptation of YA novel “Divergent”, according to THR. But no, none of them are playing male lead Four, who filmmakers are apparently having a lot of trouble locking down.
In the Neil Burger directed adaptation, Woodley plays Tris Prior, whose futuristic dystopic world is one in which society is divided into factions (Dauntless, Abnegation, Amity, Candor, and Erudite), and each person is sorted into each faction based on a personality test that determines their dominant character traits. Born into the selfless faction Abnegation, Tris shocks her family when she opts to join Dauntless, the brave, instead. There she meets Four, a fellow Abnegation defector who has now taken on a leadership role in their new faction. Elgort will play Tris’ twin brother, who also defects from Abnegation to join Erudite. Kravitz will play Christina, a fellow Dauntless member who befriends Tris, while Q will play Tori, a Dauntless tattoo artist who knows more about their shady divided society than most. Shooting is scheduled to begin in April in Chicago, where the novel is set. The article does not mention Kate Winslet, who entered talks to play an unspecified role a couple of months ago but still has not been confirmed.
Kravitz, daughter of Lenny Kravitz, played a mutant in “X-Men: First Class” but does not appear to be returning for the sequel. She headlined indie “Yelling to the Sky” and recently wrapped up filming on “Mad Max: Fury Road” opposite Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. She’ll next be seen opposite Will and Jaden Smith in M. Night Shyamalan’s intergalactic family actioner “After Earth.”
Elgort made his feature film debut in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of “Carrie” starring Chloe Moretz and before that acted in the Off-Broadway drama “Regrets.”
Isabelle Fuhrman is quickly turning out to be one to watch amongst the young cast of “The Hunger Games”, with THR now reporting the actress is in negotiations to join M. Night Shyamalan’s family sci-fi adventure “After Earth” (formerly titled “1000 A.E.”), starring Will Smith and son Jaden Smith, Sophie Okonedo and Zoe Kravitz.
The film takes place in a future where Earth is no longer hospitable, and the plot revolves around Smith Sr., considered a hero by the dwindling human race, and his son, seen as a failure, who crash land on earth. When dad is injured, Jr. has to step up to the plate and rescue him and, of course, prove he’s a hero too after all. Okonedo plays the mother while Kravitz, as the daughter, rounds out the family central to the film. Fuhrman will play Rayna, a friend of Jaden’s character. Shyamalan is eyeing a March production start, aiming for a June 2013 release.
Fuhrmann, who first drew attention as the demonic child wreaking havoc in the lives of Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga in 2009′s horror “Orphan”, stars as Clove in “The Hunger Games”, one of the fiercest competitors that Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss must defeat in the arena. She recently completed work on “The Healer”, a supernatural family adventure co-starring “Super 8″ breakout kid Joel Courtney.
“X-Men: First Class” star Zoe Kravitz is in early negotiations to join M. Night Shyamalan’s family friendly space adventure “1000 A.E.”, according to THR. Will Smith is producing and starring in the project along with son Jaden Smith, and Sophie Okonedo is also in negotiations to join the cast and round out the family at the center of the film.
Smith plays the dad while Okonedo will play his wife if her deal closes, and they will be joined by the junior Smith and Kravitz as their children. The film takes place in a future where Earth is no longer hospitable, and the plot revolves around Smith Sr., considered a hero by the dwindling human race, and his son, seen as a failure, who crash land on earth. When dad is injured, Jr. has to step up to the plate and rescue him and, of course, prove he’s a hero too after all. Columbia is eyeing an early 2012 production star, aiming for a June 2013 release.
Kravitz, one of our faces to watch in 2011, broke out when she starred as mutant Angel Salvatore in “X-Men: First Class” and headlined indie drama “Yelling to the Sky.” She’ll next head Down Under to film “Mad Max: Fury Road” alongside Nicholas Hoult and Tom Hardy.
Zoë Kravitz is perhaps most commonly recognized as the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, but this year she is definitely making a name for herself and becoming a familiar face in Hollywood (she is one of our faces to watch in 2011). She will play Angel Salvadore in this summer’s highly anticipated “X-Men: First Class” which not only stars some huge household names, but also a handful of up and comers. However, before showing off her mutant powers, Kravitz will also be seen in “Yelling to the Sky” in which she takes on the lead role.
“Yelling to the Sky” tells the story of Sweetness O’Hara, a teenaged girl (Kravitz) who is forced to take responsibility over her own life when her abusive father causes her mother and sister to abandon the home. Also featured in the film with Kravitz is Tim Blake Nelson and Oscar nominated Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”). The film is the debut film from writer/director Victoria Mahoney. It is scheduled to debut at the Berlin Film Festival and will also be featured at SXSW which starts on March 11th, 2011.
SXSW’s official YouTube account has released an online teaser for “Yelling to the Sky” and you can check it out below.
An image has been making its way around the internet (thanks to Bleeding Cool for our head’s up) that purports to be the very first look at all the major “X-Men: First Class” characters in full costume and make-up. Apparently the image first appeared on MSN but then was removed, though it is still accessible from other parts of the site. Perhaps they hit the “Publish” button too quickly, but since this is the internet, when something gets out there, it’s out there. As such, you can now see below for the full image, which reveals a rather campy and colorful cast of characters, in bright yellow uniforms that are a far cry from the black leather of the first “X-Men” films.
The film releases on June 3rd and reports indicate a teaser trailer will be released during the Superbowl.
We’ve said goodbye to 2010 and saluted the Breakout Stars of the Year, now let’s turn our attention to the next crop of rising talent coming soon to a theater near you.
Some of these faces might be familiar to you, some you may have never seen before, but we think these 20 up and comers have an exciting year full of great projects that could propel them into another level in their career, some maybe even into household names! Keep an eye on the guys and girls on this list, they are going places in 2011 and beyond!
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