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Mekhi Phifer Joins Zoe Kravitz In Adaptation Of Best-Selling Sci-Fi YA Novel ‘Divergent’

Mekhi Phifer Joins Zoe Kravitz In Adaptation Of Best-Selling Sci-Fi YA Novel 'Divergent'

Mekhi Phifer joins Zoe Kravitz to co-star in DivergentSummit/Lionsgate’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s YA novel of the same name.

Phifer and Kravitz are part of a cast that includes Ray StevensonShailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Ansel ElgortJai Courtney, Miles Teller, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold in a project that’s set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

Neil Burger (Limitless) is directing an adaptation that is being compared to another Lionsgate property, The Hunger Games.

The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.

Douglas WickLucy Fisher and Pouya Shahbazian are producing, with principal photography launching today in Chicago.

Summit will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014. 

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Divergent is the first book in a trilogy. I enjoyed the first two books. The third book is scheduled for an October release.

My first thought about the Mekhi Phifer casting news was that he's too old to play any of the black male characters that I remember from the story. The world of the book is racially diverse and there are adults in the movie. But the black characters that I remember that got any significant amount of time in the novel were all teens like Tris, the protagonist.

On another controversial note, I imagined that Christina, the character that Zoe Kravitz will play was much browner than that.


Sounds very interesting. I'll check out the novel.

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