Divergent

It’s all well and good for studios to try and make the next Hunger Games. But as the disappointing box office tally for this weekend’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones reminds us, actually pulling off such a feat is easier said than done. For every Hunger Games — or Harry Potter or Twilight — there are several more The Golden Compasses, Eragons, and Beautiful Creatures-es.

One of the next films to try and succeed The Hunger Games will be Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley (who’s as close a thing to “the next Jennifer Lawrence” as we have) as a young woman living in dystopian Chicago. The first full-length trailer premiered at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, and you can watch it after the jump.

In this futuristic society, citizens come of age by declaring allegiance to one of five factions. Woodley stars as Tris, who leaves her selfless Abnegation family behind to join the daredevils of Dauntless. Only it turns out she’s not a perfect fit there, either — she’s Divergent, a person who can fit into more than one of the groups, and that makes her extra dangerous.

Kate Winslet plays a leader of the community, Maggie Q a helpful member of the Dauntless, and Theo James Tris’ love interest / mentor.

Also starring Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Pfeiffer, and Ashley Judd, Divergent opens March 21, 2014. Do you think this one will sink or swim?

Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, DIVERGENT is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions. As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) chooses Dauntless—the daring risk-takers who pursue bravery above all else. During the Dauntless initiation, Tris completes death-defying stunts and faces her inmost fears in spectacular simulations. When she discovers she is a Divergent, someone who will never be able to fit into just one faction, she is warned that she must conceal this secret or risk her life. As Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens her family and the life of the mysterious Dauntless leader whom she has come to love, Tris must face her greatest test yet—deciding whether revealing she is a Divergent will save her world—or destroy it.

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