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Four ‘Divergent’ Short Story Covers Released

While I pick up my jaw from the ground, check out the covers for the three remaining Divergent short stories that focus on Four’s earlier years!

Aren’t they just gorgeous? My favourite is the last one Four: The Traitor. The green emblazing ravens circling the the title of the book above the skyline of Chicago is so awesome. Four: A Divergent Collection will go on sale July 8 in hardcover and digitally. It includes The Transfer, the first eBook that you can already check out, The TraitorThe Son, and The Initiate. If you missed out on seeing the cover for the Transfer you can check it out below the new covers. You can buy it over at Amazon for only $1.99. The images debuted on EW this morning.

You may be confused, thinking that these short stories were supposed to be released singularly over a period of time. Well, author Veronica Roth did say she would do that but then realized back in December that she needed more time to work on them. They will now be released all together.

“The stories turned out much meatier and more substantial than I was originally anticipating when I started them,” Roth said, “There’s just so much going on — Tobias’s reunion with his mother, his growing disillusionment with the faction system, and some of his early moments with Tris, to name a few. So I just really, really need more time to get them right.”

As if we don’t have enough Divergent excitement already, the film is set for release on 21 March, less than a month away! And it stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort.

Veronica Roth's Divergent companion series -- exclusive EW.com image

Veronica Roth's Divergent companion series -- exclusive EW.com image

Veronica Roth's Divergent companion series -- exclusive EW.com image

Veronica Roth's Divergent companion series -- exclusive EW.com image

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First footage from ‘Divergent’ will be shown at Comic-Con with Cast and Author in attendance!

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New details from Summit reveal that Divergent will be at Comic-Con International in San Diego. We’ll be getting our first footage from the film at a panel with almost all of the main cast members to be in attendance  and signing autographs for visitors on the floor!

DIVERGENT Hall H Panel – The studio’s panel on Thursday, July 18th will feature the first footage ever seen of the futuristic thriller and a Q&A with DIVERGENT’S filmmakers and cast, including novelist Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, and cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen.

Convention Floor Booth – Summit Entertainment’s booth located within the Grand Hall will highlight DIVERGENT. Exclusive premium promotional items will be distributed to the attendees walking the convention floor and cast members will sign autographs for booth visitors.

Based on Veronica Roth’s New York Times bestselling novel, Divergent is a thrilling action adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene 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 different so dangerous before it’s too late.

Directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing. The film will be released domestically on March 21, 2014.

Thanks Page to Premiere for the info!

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Casting News! Will Nat Wolff be Isaac?

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Actor Nat Wolff says he’s up for a role in The Fault in Our Stars movie. Wolff was originally in the running to be the lead male role of Gus but as that part eventually went to Ansel Elgort, he’s free to pursue other roles.

“It was really great. The script is really great,” Wolff said about auditioning for Gus. But the second part of his comment was more interesting, “Josh Boone, who did Stuck in Love is directing the movie, and I think I might—it’s still in negotiations—but I might be playing another role in the movie. [We’re] still figuring it out. I’d love to be a part of it, just to work with Josh, and it’s a cool story.” – Hollywood Crush

The obvious choice for Wolff would be Isaac, the cancer patient who lost both of his eyes and is Gus’ best friend.

Wolff starred in Boone’s Stuck in Love, which is how he probably auditioned for Gus in the first place. We’re glad to see that Boone and producer Wyck Godfrey are still trying to have him be a part in The Fault in Our Stars. He played the role of Rusty, brother of Samantha (Lily Collins) and son of William (Greg Kinnear). Stuck in Love hits United States theaters July 5.

The Fault in Our Stars movie will begin shooting this August. The highly-anticipated adaptation of John Green’s beloved novel stars Elgort as Gus and Shailene Woodley as Tris. The two are currently shooting another book to film, Divergent by Veronica Roth, in Chicago.

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ To Begin Shooting in Amsterdam from Late August

nerdfightersAccording to the latest EW issue featuring Divergent, which stars Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Augustus), filming for The Fault in Ours Stars will begin towards the end of August. The director of the film, Josh Boone, and producer, Wyck Godfrey, confirmed filming and also are officially location scouting. The film will start shooting later pivotal scenes of the novel in the historical city they are placed in – Amsterdam! This news was confirmed by Josh Boone himself.

Wyck Godrey is still busy on the set of another Young Adult book-to-movie, The Maze Runner. You can follow Josh Boone @JoshBooneMovies and Wyck @wyckgodfrey on Twitter for updates on both films.

Exciting stuff and we can’t wait to hear some more casting news for The Fault in Our Stars.

New ‘Divergent’ Video Feat. Filming Cast Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort

Super fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series are eagerly awaiting the first film with baited breath, grasping at any new content they can get, whether it be fan made videos, images, or even fanfiction. FunnyMan1098, aka EPotter26 on Twitter, has shared a great video from the May 26th, 2013 day of filming where hundreds of extras lined up in outfits from all five factions. This video also features stills of major stars of the film, Shailene Woodley (Tris), Miles Teller (Peter), and Ansel Elgort (Caleb)

Divergent tells the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. In these factions, individuals uphold one virtue (selflessness, bravery, peacefulness, honesty, intelligence) above all others – but during the choosing ceremony when you turn 16 you can choose to either stay with your family in the faction you are born into, or leave behind everything you’ve grown to know, the customs and culture you’re accustomed to…and the people you love. One choice will change you, it may destroy you, and will ultimately define you. The film version stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine, Miles Teller as Peter, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, Jai Courtney as Eric, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will, Christian Madsen as Al, Ben Lamb as Edward, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb. Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd will be portraying Tris and Caleb’s parents. The movie will hit theaters on March 21st, 2014.

Check it out below!

First look at the Prior Family in ‘Divergent’ Film

Ansel Elgort, who plays Caleb Prior, Tris’ brother, in the Divergent movie, recently shared a photo of he and his fellow family-portraying cast members.

The photo depicts Tony Goldwyn (Andrew Prior), Ashley Judd (Natalie Prior), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), and Shailene Woodley (Tris) squished together into the frame.

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From what they’re wearing it doesn’t look like Abnegation clothing so we can assume they’re out in Chicago for some event or time off.

Divergent started filming in April and will continue for a couple more weeks. The film will be released in theatres on 21 March, 2014.

The third and final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, will be published on October 22. If you want to meet Veronica Roth on her book launch tour in October, click on this link to find out how you can get her to your state. (U.S. only)

Woodley and Elgort will next be seen in the John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars when they portray each others love interests (Hazel and Gus).

‘Divergent’ Movie Faction Symbol For Dauntless Is Revealed

The filmmakers of the adaptation for Veronica Roth’s bestselling book, ‘Divergent’, have decided to rebrand the faction symbols for the movie. In true movie advertising style, they won’t show us all of the newly designed symbols at once. They’re going to release them slowly and today was the first day! Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the pic. Below you can see the symbol for Dauntless, the faction that Tris chooses to become a part of. What do you think of it? I personally would have preferred the color version that fans had made. (Check it out below the new film version.)

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Divergent, if you haven’t read the books, is a dystopian world set in Chicago. The population is split into five factions: Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligent), Candor (honest), Amity (peaceful) and Dauntless (brave). Children are born into a faction their parents chose for themselves and then when they are sixteen, they get to choose their own faction – but if they choose a different faction from their family, they never get to see them again.

To see the other four faction symbols you can follow @Divergent on Instagram for the full reveal on Thursday, 5/23 at 9 am PT.

Divergent, the film, stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine, Miles Teller as Peter, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, Jai Courtney as Eric, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Eric, Christian Madsen as Al, Ben Lamb as Edward, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb. Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd will be portraying Tris and Caleb’s parents.

The film will be released in U.S. cinemas on 21 March, 2014.

Divergent Movie: Tris Jumps Into Dauntless

Summit has released a new photo from Divergent depicting Tris ( Shailene Woodley) taking her Dauntless jump into the faction’s headquarters.

We get a great look at Tris’ Abnegation outfit, and a sneak peek at Dauntless leader Eric (Jai Courtney). (He’s the one with his hands on his hips.)

“In this photo she’s already jumped off the train and onto a seven story building as part of the initiation rite for the Dauntless,” Divergent director Neil Berger said yesterday. “The next thing they have to do is jump from the building and down through a courtyard that has a deep, black hole. It’s terrifying.”

“We’d been nervously planning it because it is dangerous and there’s a lot of people on that roof,” Burger continued. “We had to pull it off safely and also pull it off cinematically, so you have this knot in your stomach as you watch this young woman decide to do this crazy thing. We had great weather that day and I think this scene really is emblematic of the movie: It shows the energy and the rawness of the way we’re telling the story.”

Divergent co-stars Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine, Ansel Elgort as Caleb, Miles Teller as Peter, Ray Stevenson as Marcus, Christian Madsen as Al, and Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will. Tris’ parents were the last roles to be cast. Scandal actor Tony Goldwyn will play her father, and Ashley Judd will play her mother. Divergent opens in theaters March 21, 2014.

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John Green Responds to ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Casting Dissenters

the fault in our starsJohn Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, took to his Tumblr to respond to fans who are not happy about the casting of actor Ansel Elgort for the role of Gus.  An anonymous person wrote to Green expressing his disappointment over the choice of both Ansel and Shailene Woodley as the stars of The Fault in Our Stars film.

Green responded with a few points in the hope that fans disappointed with the choice might reconsider their feelings and wait to see how the actors take on the roles.

On Shailene Woodley he said:

“1. Shailene Woodley is a brilliant actress and Golden Globe nominee. I cannot think of any 18-year-old actress who has received the kind of critical acclaim that she has (she also won an Independent Spirit Award).

She auditioned for The Fault in Our Stars not because she needs the part (I mean, she’s in the new Spider Man movie, for God’s sakes) but because she loves the book. Her depth of understanding were immediately obvious in the audition and for me there could be no one else to play Hazel. (There were a bunch of really good auditions, but Shailene just understood Hazel as I imagined her.)

John Green then pointed out that he is “not particularly concerned with physical looks; Hollywood can fix that stuff.” But rather that he is more concerned with the actors in question embodying the character in temperament and experience.

On Ansel Elgort:

“2. Ansel Elgort is also a huge fan of TFiOS (it is, in fact, his favorite book). He was a high school basketball player who also happens to be a very intellectual guy. Most importantly, when he auditioned, he became Augustus. Watching him audition with Shailene, he was just Gus and she was just Hazel. He understood Gus, and clearly had a very deep and thoughtful relationship with the book. Honestly, I’m a bit confused as to how you can dislike an actor whose work you have definitionally never seen, since his first movie isn’t out yet.”

And as Green states in his Tumblr, he was not directly responsible for the casting of the movie, despite having a say in the choices, the final decision was down to the director.

You can read the rest of what John Green said on his blog here.

Ansel Elgort Is Gus In ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Movie

ansel elgortAnsel Elgort has been cast as Gus in The Fault in Our Stars movie, based on the book by celebrated Young Adult author John Green!

“Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters. I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.” John Green told Entertainment Weekly who broke the news.

Director Josh Boone also added his own words on his choice of Ansel, “Ansel Elgort is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus. His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus.”

Ansel Elgort is already starring with Shailene Woodley in Divergent. They will play brother and sister Caleb and Tris in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel. Shailene has been cast as Hazel, the central character of The Fault in Our Stars. It will be interesting to see the pair play off a tragic romance and a brother-sisterly love in two separate Young Adult book-based movies.

Producer Wyck Godfrey spoke also about Elgort’s audition to play Gus: “We were all swept away by the humor, charm, and aching vulnerability Ansel brought to his portrayal of Gus. His performance completely annihilated our concerns about his playing Caleb in Divergent with Shailene, and we are confident that the fans of Fault will fall in love with him the same way that Hazel does–slowly, and then all at once.”

The Fault in Our Stars movie plans to shoot later this year. It will be released sometime in 2014.

What do you think of Boone’s choice for Gus?