Robert Schwentke to direct Divergent sequel

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Robert Schwentke

Robert Schwentke

Robert Schwentke is set to direct 'Insurgent', which is a sequel to the forthcoming 'Divergent' film that is based on Veronica Roth's best-selling dystopian trilogy.

Robert Schwentke is tapped to direct 'Insurgent'.

The 'Red' filmmaker is set to helm the sequel to the forthcoming 'Divergent' movie which is based on Veronica Roth's best-selling dystopian trilogy, reports deadline.com.

Neil Burger who directs 'Divergent' couldn't helm the sequel since post production of the first movie - which will be released on March 21 - overlapped with preproduction of the second - which is set hit the big screen on March 20, 2015.

Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing 'Insurgent' with Pouya Shahbazian, and Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will executive produce.

Meanwhile, Kate Winslet has been cast as cold and calculating Jeanine Matthews in 'Divergent', she plays the brainy head of the 'Erudite' faction, who attempts to take control in a world where people are divided into four groups based on personality type .

The Oscar-winning actress will be joined by 'The Descendants' breakout star Shailene Woodley as heroine Tris Prior, who is branded dangerous due to her 'divergent' personality type.

Theo James joined the cast as Tobias 'Four' Eaton, who is Prior's love interest.

Divergent

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 139 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Neil Burger
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

In a dystopian future where people are assigned to different factions of society based on their talents, Tris (Woodley) discovers that she's dangerously multi-talented. The story seems over-familiar, director Burger takes too long to set things up and despite appealing performances from Woodley and James, there's little…

Insurgent

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 119 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Robert Schwentke
  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller

Tris (Woodley), Four (James) and the remnants of the Dauntless race tirelessly hither and thither in part 2 of the Divergent series. Woodley does very well with what she's given, but the other parts are underwritten and it all feels like a build-up to the extended finale of this bewildering and hardly essential franchise.

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