Recent years have seen an influx of blockbuster tentpole films based on young adult novel series hitting theaters. This trend was made popular but the financial success of franchises like Harry Potter as well as The Twilight Saga, and further established by The Hunger Games – which will soon come to an end with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Other franchises of the like include The Maze Runner and the Divergent series.
Introduced with Divergent in 2014, and followed up by Insurgent earlier this year, the series has two more films before it’s completed; Allegiant and Ascendant, both based on the final book in Veronica Roth’s trilogy. A teaser trailer for Allegiant was released earlier this fall with a look at the world beyond the walled city of Chicago. Now, a new poster and trailer go over the wall and dive further into the futuristic civilization.
Buzzfeed released the trailer (above) and poster (below) for Allegiant, which picks up where Insurgent left off. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), Tobias “Four” Eaton (Theo James), Christina (Zoë Kravitz), Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and Peter (Miles Teller) climb over the wall that surrounds Chicago and into the world beyond. They come to find that the civilization outside the wall is much more futuristic with technology “centuries ahead” of anything they’ve known, and that many of the residents have been watching the citizens of Chicago since they were born. Tris also learns that as a Divergent she is expected to play a role in saving the world – but first she must save the residents of Chicago.
Directed by Robert Schwentke (Insurgent, Red) from a script by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner), the film sees the return of Ray Stevenson as Four’s father Marcus, Naomi Watts as Four’s mother Evelyn, Octavia Spencer as Johanna, Maggie Q as Tori, and Keiynan Lonsdale as Uriah. Jeff Daniels, Bill Skarsgård, and Nadia Hilker join the cast as members of the outside civilization – David, Matthew and Nita respectively – all of whom are featured in the full-length trailer.
The trailer for Allegiant makes it clear that the next film in the series is leaning in to the franchise’s sci-fi premise, with shots of futuristic cities, the normalization of advanced technology and a whole host of dystopian problems – like a willingness to wipe an entire city and its residents off the face of the planet. Although both Divergent and Insurgent made use of the sci-fi elements of the story, particularly the simulation serums, it seems Allegiant will take it to another level entirely, perhaps using Tris’ venture beyond the wall to continue to better the series’ visual spectacle and world building.
You can check out additional Divergent Series: Allegiant posters (focused on Tris and Four), below:
That being said, Allegiant will be tasked with adapting only part of the final book in Roth’s series, leaving the finale of the franchise up to Ascendent. Previous YA-turned-blockbuster franchises have struggled with the first half of their final chapters; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 specifically felt like the first part of a two-part movie rather than standalone features. However, the Divergent series has gone a slightly different path, at least in terms of giving their final two films completely separate names, rather than the part 1/part 2 distinction.
This seems to indicate the Allegiant and Ascendant will stand on their on more successfully than the final films of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series. The trailer even establishes a single storyline with a specific conflict between the residents of Chicago and those outside the wall. Additionally, though this conflict may span both movies, it seems the primary goal of Tris in Allegiant will be to save Chicago, while the final battle with the outside civilization may come in Ascendant. Given the standalone nature of the film and its sci-fi action spectacle, Allegiant may prove to be the breakout moment of the Divergent franchise – or it may simply struggle with setting up the series’ final chapter.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant will hit theaters on March 18th, 2016, followed by The Divergent Series: Ascendant on March 24th, 2017.