Divergent

Lionsgate is feeling so optimistic about Divergent becoming the next big thing that they’re hitting the ground running with the sequel, Insurgent. Akiva Goldsman is working on the script as we speak, and now the production company confirms that shooting is scheduled to begin this spring.

But before we get there, they still have to open the first movie. The studio has just released a new full-length trailer for the original Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley as a brave young heroine in dystopian Chicago. Watch it after the jump.

First, here’s the fifteen-second teaser for the trailer that debuted on Monday.

And here’s the trailer itself, which debuted on Buzzfeed and MSN UK.

Based on the novels by Veronica Roth, Divergent centers on a society which consists of five factions, each built around a particular personality trait. Young people are expected to pledge themselves to one of the groups when they come of age. But the rite of passage proves complicated for Tris (Woodley) when she is Divergent and will therefore never totally fit in anywhere.

Roth’s books have proven immensely popular. As of the start of this year, the three volumes had sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Whether that popularity will translate to ticket sales remains to be seen, but Lionsgate is apparently quite confident that it will.

Production company Red Wagon Entertainment revealed this week that Insurgent would start shooting in May from the script written by Brian Duffield and rewritten by Goldsman. What’s still unclear is who’ll direct. Divergent‘s Neil Burger has said that he will not return for the sequel, and Lionsgate has yet to announce a new helmer.

Divergent opens March 21, 2014. Insurgent is set for release on March 20, 2015.

In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

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