Sunday, 17 May 2015

Jeff Daniels set for Allegiant

The Divergent films may so far not be quite the runaway successes to match, say The Twilight Saga or The Hunger Games, but they are doing well enough to keep the franchise ticking along. Insurgent director Robert Schwentke is gearing up to start shooting at least the first of the pair of films based on Veronica Roth's third tome, Allegiant, and news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Jeff Daniels  (Looper) has signed on for a major role.

Note the requisite spoiler warning here for anyone who hasn't read the books and isn't already familiar with the plot. Allegiant finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) getting to the heart of the mystery surrounding the future society she has been standing up against and the factions at its core. Daniels will be David, the leader of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, which originally created the various factions. As Tris starts to learn – more towards the end of the book – David and his team's actions might not exactly have everyone's best interests at heart.

With Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) writing the screenplay, Schwentke will start the cameras rolling this month. Unusually, it appears he won't be making both of the final entries at once, and Lionsgate may go with someone else to direct the second half. The film should be with us on 18 March next year.

Daniels has been busy recently, working on Danny Boyle's (127 Hours) Steve Jobs and Ridley Scott's (Prometheus) The Martian. Steve Jobs will be with us on 13 November, while The Martian arrives 27 November.

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