Jonny Weston in talks for Insurgent

Jonny Weston is negotiating a role in the follow-up to 2013's 'Divergent' starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James in lead roles

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Jonny Weston

Jonny Weston is in final negotiations to join 'Insurgent'.

The actor is set to join Shailene Woodley and Theo James in the sequel to 2013's 'Divergent' movie which is based on Veronica Roth's best-selling dystopian trilogy, reports Variety.com.

Octavia Spencer recently joined the cast, with Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort on board to reprise their roles

'Insurgent' will be directed by Robert Schwentke, instead of Neil Burger who helmed the original, since post production of the first movie - which will was released on March 21 - overlapped with preproduction of the second - which is tipped to hit the big screen on March 20, 2015.

Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman will write the screenplay and Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian.

The film follows Woodley's character Tris and James' Four as they search for allies and answers in the wake of the uprising while being hunted by Jeanine Matthews (Winslet) the leader of the Erudite faction.

The third book, 'Allegiant', will be split into two films that are slated for release on March 18, 2016, and March 24, 2017, respectively.

Weston - who played surfer Jay Moriarity in the 2012 film 'Chasing Mavericks' - is also to star in 'Project Almanac' and 'Taken 3', which will be released next year.

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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