This year's Divergent film adaptation was one young adult sci-fi novel-turned movie that stuck the landing, as far the box office is concerned ($289 million worldwide theatrical gross on an $85 million budget). A sequel, based on the second installment in Veronica Roth's Divergent book series, was already well into development before the film reached theaters; and now, a teaser trailer has dropped for the project, fully titled The Divergent Series: Insurgent.
Said Insurgent teaser, which you can watch above, features what appears to be either a dream sequence or another "fear simulation" scene (like those in the first Divergent movie), as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior (Shailene Woodley) pulls some daredevil moves in order to rescue her still-living mother Natalie (Ashley Judd). You don't get any fresh insight on the film's plot from watching this, but you do get a better idea of where Tris is at in her evolution as a Dauntless... along with a sneak peek at her new hairdo.
Insurgent will pick up not too long after the conclusion to Divergent, as Tris and her allies - including her beau Four (Theo James) - are now on the run and must prepare for war between the different factions, while the Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) continues her campaign for total domination. The film's official synopsis doesn't go any more in depth that than, teasing simply that "sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and Tris will risk everything as she struggles to harness her incredible power."
Those who've read Roth's original novel will no doubt get more out of that vague plot blurb than the rest of us. However, it's certainly possible that Insurgent screenwriters Brian Duffield (the upcoming Natalie Portman western Jane Got a Gun) and Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) may throw in a few twists and turns that even Divergent book readers won't be expecting.
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Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, RED) took over as director on the Divergent sequel and, judging by his previous output and the teaser footage, his work on Insurgent should at the least equal that of Neil Burger's on the previous Divergent film installment. To be frank, Burger's movie didn't exactly set a high bar to clear (read our review), but as the series is now closer to being an engaging war drama set in a dystopic future setting, there's a fair chance that Insurgent will mark an overall improvement on its predecessor.
If nothing else, the series' cast now includes even more experienced character actors in key supporting roles, such as Oscar-nominee Naomi Watts (Birdman) and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer). Moreover, now that the Divergent world has been established, we can hopefully look forward to a more in-depth examination of both the larger setting and themes introduced in the first chapter.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens in U.S. theaters on March 20th, 2015.