Keeping up with the casting of young adult movie adaptations these days has practically become a full-time job. We now have the news that Kate Winslet has been cast as Jeanine Matthews in the movie version of the science fiction series Divergent. So I guess I should start taking this stuff more seriously.
Shailene Woodley has already been cast as the story’s heroine, Tris Prior, and Theo James (Mr. Pamuk from Downton Abbey, y’all!) will play Tobias “Four” Eaton. The book trilogy, written by Veronica Roth, is about a dystopian version of Chicago (the city, not the musical, unfortunately) in which citizens are separated into five factions based on their personality. Tris is classified as belonging to a group called Divergent, for people who don’t properly fit into the other factions. The books have been compared to The Hunger Games.
I have to admit I’m out of touch with these sci-fi/fantasy series the youngsters are into these days. There are so many of them now! Wizards, vampires, dystopian societies, angels, zombies, aliens. I think one of them might be about a psychotic teenage clown who falls in love with a shy cheerleader. That might have just been a nightmare I had last week, so don’t take my word for it. I pretty much abandoned the young adult genre before my young adulthood was even over. Somewhere between puberty and my senior year of high school I just lost interest. But a lot of things are pulling me back in these days.
Kate Winslet being in this movie is certainly making me think I should start caring about it. When she’s not marrying men with ridiculous names or starring in Movie 43 (which I feel nauseous just thinking about, even though I never saw it), Kate is a great actress, and her presence might draw a lot of old adults (the opposite of young adults, hello) into the series. Kate will play the leader of the Erudite faction, who are known for their intelligence. Based on how erudite Kate looks in those glasses in the above picture, I think she’ll do just fine.
So maybe I need to pick up a copy of this book. And also probably Ender’s Game. And Mortal Instruments. And The Host. Ugh, I don’t really have time for all this, so maybe I’ll just go up to the first 14-year-old I see and ask them to explain the plots to me.