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With production expected to start soon on the feature adaptation of Divergent and the female lead already confirmed to be Shailene Woodley, fans of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel are anxiously awaiting word on confirmation for the male lead. Right now, it’s looking like Alex Pettyfer, Jeremy Irvine. and Lucas Till are going head-to-head.
The movie is confirmed to shoot in Chicago, which is where the story takes place; or rather, the story takes place in a futuristic/dystopian version of Chicago, where people are broken into five factions determined by their way of life. The story follows Woodley’s character Tris, as she chooses her faction and begins the training process in the hopes of securing a spot amongst them.
Variety posted word that Pettyfer, Irvine, and Till are all reading for the male lead later this week. They don’t mention the character by name, but I’m assuming they’re referring to Four, Tris’ instructor during her faction training, featured pretty prominently throughout the book.
Of the three guys in competition for the role, Pettyfer is probably the best known, with recent credits that include Magic Mike, In Time, Beastly, and I Am Number Four. I’m not sure I picture him as Four, to be honest, with darker hair and a few face piercings, it might be interesting to see him take on the part of Eric, one of the leaders of Tris’ faction.
As for Till, he could well have the edge on the other two actors, as apparently he’s already tested for the part. Among Till’s credits are Battle Los Angeles and X-Men: First Class, in which he played Havok. He’s got a distinctive look which sets him apart from the other two, in my opinion.
British thespian Irvine’s credits include War Horse and the role of Pip in Mike Newell‘s Great Expectations. He’s yet to wow audiences as an action-oriented heartthrob, as far as my knowledge of that sort of thing goes. But he’s certainly pretty enough for the part. Could he cut it as Divergent‘s knife-throwing radical?
Source: Movie Pilot
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