You might have already celebrated this news when it was strictly speculation, but because we'll take any excuse to put on our dystopian party hats, here's a very exciting thing that is Just Now Official: Hollywood icon Kate Winslet is definitely, positively, confirmed-ly on board for a juicy role in the "Divergent" movie, according to a release from Summit Entertainment. Hooray!
Kate has long been rumored to be circling the film, but with two available roles for a lady her age, it was up for debate whether she'd be playing a good guy—the devoted, selfless mother to heroine Tris—or a... well, not-so-good guy, as the calculating leader of the Erudite faction, Jeanine Matthews. And for those who wanted to see the actress embrace a slightly more morally-ambiguous role, today's news is a double shot of awesome: Kate is, indeed, going to perfect her steely-eyed glare for the role of the intelligence-valuing community's most grand high poo-bah.
"Divergent" takes place in the dilapidated ruins of Chicago, in an indeterminate future where society has split into five separate factions aligned with a particular value: the courageous Dauntless, the selfless Abnegation, the peace-loving Amity, the smartypants Erudite and the brutally honest Candor. Tris, an Abnegation-raised teenager, isn't sure she fits in with her faction...or anywhere at all, for that matter, when a placement test to determine her value system shows that she's something else: Divergent. The dystopian drama is based on a bestselling YA trilogy by Veronica Roth and is one of the most anticipated adaptations in production. And with a release date set for March 2014, the Dauntless train should be rolling out of the station anytime now! Get ready! Choo-choo!
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