Following the success of futuristic dystopian franchise The Hunger Games, based on the book series by the same name, movie studios adapted a number of other properties with similar premises, including The Maze Runner and The Divergent Series. While there have been plenty of franchise false-starts when it comes to YA-based films, Divergent — and its sequel, Insurgent — have fallen in the middle ground, not quite succeeding as well as The Hunger Games or other blockbuster YA franchises like Harry Potter, but not failing, either.
The upcoming third film in the franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, will be based on the final book in Veronica Roth’s series that inspired the movies, which will then be followed by the fourth installment, Ascendant. The finale of Insurgent opened up the world of Divergent, revealing that the factions in Chicago were part of an experiment — with Divergence the successful result of the experiment. Now, a new trailer for Allegiant delves deeper into the film’s dystopian sci-fi world beyond the wall of Chicago.
The final trailer for Allegiant (above) further capitalizes on recently revealed character posters that include each main characters’ percentage of genetic purity — Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is 100 percent genetically pure, while Four (Theo James), Peter (Miles Teller), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), and Christina (Zoë Kravitz) are at least somewhat genetically damaged. While the leader of the facility outside of Chicago, David (Jeff Daniels), is looking for genetic purity, he poses a threat to everyone who isn’t — though Tris believes, “We have to make a stand, everybody’s worth saving.”
Insurgent director Robert Schwentke returned to helm Allegiant from a script by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner). Additional characters returning from Insurgent include Four’s father Marcus (Ray Stevenson), Four’s mother and the leader of the faction less, Evelyn (Naomi Watts), the leader of the Amity faction, Johanna (Octavia Spencer), as well as Dauntless faction members Tori (Maggie Q) and Uriah (Keiynan Lonsdale). New characters that Tris will meet beyond the wall include Nita (Nadia Hilker) and Matthew (Bill Skarsgård).
While the first two movies in the series focused on the political conflict between the five different factions — as well as the community of people without factions, led by Evelyn — it seems Allegiant will shift to a different conflict. In Divergent and Insurgent, Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) was the antagonist to Tris as she attempted to take complete control over the whole society and eradicate Divergence. However, with Jeanine gone and Tris exploring the world beyond the wall, Allegiant will establish a new conflict between those who are genetically pure and those who aren’t, forcing Tris to rally her friends and the leaders of Chicago together.
Of course, this seems to simplify the world of Divergent — which arguably never gave enough time to establishing the factions, their differences, and their purpose in the Chicago society. But, a much simpler premise may allow Allegiant to delve deeper into the two sides, exploring David and Tris’ disagreement on the importance of genetic purity and setting up the war teased in the final trailer. A new conflict certainly gives the Divergent series a bit of a fresh start while capitalizing on similar themes. Perhaps the shifted conflict and the grander sci-fi world of Allegiant will give the franchise a chance to break out of the middle ground of YA adaptations into which the previous installments have fallen.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant will hit theaters on March 18th, 2016, followed by The Divergent Series: Ascendant on June 9th, 2017.