kate winsletFirst there was the Twilight book-to-movie trilogy. Then the Hunger Games franchise (which we've only just begun as far as the films go). Now, waiting in the wings to fill that Young Adult bestselling adaption series slot? Divergent, the first of three novels by Veronica Roth which are "set in a dystopian future" -- and will apparently star Kate Winslet! Yippee!

I must confess, I haven't read the Divergent trilogy yet, but Kate Winslet in any movie is always cause for celebration, right? And she's been cast in a role that sounds deliciously, perfectly cold-blooded and calculating.

Just in case you're as new to this whole Divergent thing as I am, here's some background info. According to a press release from Summit Entertainment (yes, the Twilight people):

DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) 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. 

Oooh! Winslet's character, Jeanine Matthews, is NOT a Divergent -- she's the leader of the Erudite, a "society devoted to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge" (sounds perfect, right?).

No trailer yet, but the premise is promising, especially now that Winslet's attached. Although I should probably read the books before I form an opinion.

Have you read the Divergent series? Do you think Kate Winslet is right for the role of Jeanine Matthews?

 

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