Friday’s issue of Entertainment Weekly offers a “first look” at the movie Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA best-seller, the first in a series.
The cover asks the question that’s preoccupying Hollywood, “Is This the Next Hunger Games?” (we’ll have to wait for the issue to see if they offer an answer). There will be a longer wait for the ultimate answer; the movie won’t be released until March 21, 2014.
What is not in question is that the female lead, Shailene Woodley, is a rising star, so hot that she has been cast to star in the adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
Before the public sees her in either, they will see her in another YA adaptation, The Spectacular Now, opening August 2.
A favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, it is based on the 2008 National Book Award finalist by Tim Tharp, (RH/Knopf Books for Young Readers; Brilliance Audio).
The film also stars Miles Teller (who won kudos for his role in the remake of Footloose) and Jennifer Jason Leigh and is directed by James Ponsoldt.
The paperback tie-in releases on July 9 (Random House/Ember).