Divergent and The Divergent Series: Insurgent both proved to be solid box office hits in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Even more importantly, the movies firmly established a consistent interest in the young adult sci-fi/dystopia franchise and a worthy addition to the ongoing string of film series that are based on modern YA literature.
Now halfway through the franchise, next year’s The Divergent Series: Allegiant promises to escalate the drama and thrills of the franchise to the next level, by taking Tris (Shailene Woodley) and company to unexplored terrain. The marketing campaign for the film is finally heating up, as we have our first glimpse at footage – less than a week after news broke that the final two Divergent installments will have different titles (rather than just Allegiant – Part 1 & 2).
Summit Entertainment has released a teaser trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant, and the footage plays up the dramatic nature of the adventure ahead – without also revealing too much information, at this point in the movie’s promotional campaign. In fact, the first half of the Allegiant teaser amounts to a montage of notable moments from the first two Divergent installments. Meanwhile, the last minute of the preview teases the dangers that await our heroes as they leave home (post-apocalyptic Chicago) for the wastelands surrounding it – to learn the truth about the “experiment” behind their society.
For those unfamiliar with the Divergent series, the second half of the Allegiant teaser will likely hold little substantive meaning. However, fans of the author Veronica Roth’s books (and the films based on them) should find much to anticipate here, like the addition of Jeff Daniels as David – a mysterious new figure, who will play a key role in the proceedings of the third and fourth Divergent movies. Daniels joins the franchise’s roster of seasoned actors – which still includes Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Maggie Q amongst its ranks – in addition to the series’ (and Woodley’s) costars Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort.
Insurgent helmsman Robert Schwentke returned to the director’s chair for The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which should come as welcome news for those who felt his work on the second Divergent film was a step in the right direction for this YA franchise. This should also give Allegiant a chance to build on its predecessor and set up for a strong conclusion to Tris’s story. There’s no word on what changes the final movie, The Divergent Series: Ascendant, will make to the source material, though it too will draw heavily from Roth’s original Allegiant novel.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant will hit theaters on March 18th, 2016, followed by The Divergent Series: Ascendant on March 24th, 2017.
Source: Summit Entertainment