Lucas Till, Jeremy Irvine and Alex Pettyfer jockey for role
Veronica Roth’s young-adult novel, acquired by Summit in March 2011, is the first of a planned trilogy. The story has a “Hunger Games”-like teen-on-teen violence in a futuristic setting and follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, who Woodley is set to play.
Since its publication, the book has sold 1.3 million copes and is seen as a possible successor to the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” franchises.
Though no one is viewed as a front-runner at the moment, sources add with Till having already tested once, he may have a slight advantage against. The APA- and WCM-repped Till has been busy, having already filmed Relativity’s “Paranoia” and “Stoker” which both bow later this year. He’s currently filming Weinsten’s “Kristy.”
The WME-repped Pettyfer was last seen in Warner Bros. “Magic Mike” and recently wrapped production on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” The CAA and Hatton McEwan-repped Irvine is best known for his starring roles in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” and “Great Expectations.”