In the wake of The Hunger Games series concluding with the 2015 release, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, there are still a number of ongoing dystopian YA-based franchises in Hollywood. The Divergent series will soon begin its final chapter with this year's Allegiant, to be followed in 2017 by the final film Ascendant - both based on the last book in the series by Veronica Roth that inspired the franchise.
Early trailers for Allegiant have capitalized on expanding the world established in Divergent and the revelation in Insurgent that the post-apocalyptic Chicago setting was only one small corner of this franchise's universe. Now, new character posters and a group image for Allegiant further highlight how Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) will take on a role different from her friends when they venture beyond the wall.
The official Allegiant Twitter released the six posters (below), with the five character images featuring Tris, Four (Theo James), Peter (Miles Teller), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), and Christina (Zoë Kravitz). The character posters also feature the tagline, "What makes us different ties use together." The pure percentages mentioned in the character posters are a reference to the end of Insurgent and the revelation that the society in Chicago was actually an experiment to create 100 percent pure people - with the term "Divergent" being used to denote those who are wholly pure.
Take a look at the posters:
Those featured in the posters will be joined in Allegiant by fellow returning characters: the leader of the Amity faction Johanna (Octavia Spencer), Four's father Marcus (Ray Stevenson), Four's mother Evelyn (Naomi Watts), as well as Dauntless faction members Tori (Maggie Q) and Uriah (Keiynan Lonsdale). New characters to be introduced in Allegiant include David (Jeff Daniels), Matthew (Bill Skarsgård), and Nita (Nadia Hilker).
Certainly, with the changes brought about at the end of Insurgent, Allegiant could be the beginning of a much larger and more compelling story within the world of the series. These newest posters, in addition to what we've seen in the trailers, seem to indicate a more sci-fi leaning story in Allegiant than perhaps what has been included in the first two films.
But, that may not necessarily be a good thing for the franchise, which has had trouble finding as much success as series like The Hunger Games. Though Divergent was more successful than other YA franchise false-starters in recent years, it fell into cliches of the genre. Insurgent, on the other hand, managed to capitalize on developing characters like Four and upping the on-screen spectacle. So, if Allegiant continues to explore the world of the franchise while balancing the spectacle with character beats, it could be an exciting entry to the series - even if it isn't the franchise's breakout hit akin to The Hunger Games' second installment, Catching Fire.
The Divergent Series: Allegiant will hit theaters on March 18th, 2016, followed by The Divergent Series: Ascendant on June 9th, 2017.