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Theo James, the current star of CBS’ Golden Boy, has just landed a big role in Divergent, Summit Entertainment’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel.
According to Variety, James joins The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. The site notes that Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson and Aaron Eckhart are currently in negotiations for supporting roles.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) has been tapped to direct and Vanessa Taylor wrote the screenplay. Evan Daugherty wrote the first draft.
Woodley stars as Tris Prior, who lives in a society where people are put into groups based on personality traits. Tris is a ‘divergent,’ someone who doesn’t fit in any of the groups. There’s a conspiracy to kill all the divergents and it’s up to Tris to find out why. James has been cast as Four, Tris’ instructor and a divergent leader.
“Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also whom we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel which has taken the world by storm,” Lionsgate co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement. “As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.”
Summit and Lionsgate are hoping that they have another Hunger Games hit on their hands and are releasing it on March 21, 2014, around the same time Hunger Games opened in 2012.
James, who briefly appeared on Downton Abbey, will have to make the film around his Golden Boy schedule. The series currently airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.