‘Golden Boy’ Theo James Lands Male Lead in ‘Divergent’

Theo James

Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ray Stevenson also circling roles

By Justin Kroll

After a lengthy search, “Golden Boy” thesp Theo James has landed the male lead opposite Shailene Woodley in Summit/Lionsgate’s “Divergent.”

Kate Winslet (Daily Variety, Jan.24), Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson and Aaron Eckhart are in talks for supporting roles. Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q are also on board.

Pic is based on the first in a trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth, set in a post-apocalytic Chicago divided into five factions. Featuring “Hunger Games”-like teen-on-teen violence, it follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior (Woodley) whose life changes dramatically when she switches factions. James will play Four, Beatrice’s intense yet charismatic instructor.

Neil Burger will helm, with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher producing via their Red Wagon. Vanessa Taylor is rewriting the script that Evan Daugherty penned and Burger helped develop.

Pic is set to bow March 21, 2014.

“Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel, which has taken the world by storm,” Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said in a joint statement.

“As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.”

The WME repped James had to work out his schedule with “Golden Boy,” which is airing on CBS, before he could commit to the part.

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  1. Petta says:

    “We took our time to find the right actor to fill the role of Four, and Theo is definitely the perfect fit,” Really?!! a perfect fit if Four was a 30 year old with a receding hairline. What a slap in the face… Stay true to the book my arse! There must be shenanigans behind this casting, there is no way they upped the age of the character by 10 years “just cuz.” Everyone should know the name of the casting director responsible, her name is Mary Vernieu and her assistant Venus Kanani , they hold a lot of the blame for ruining what could of been a decent franchise. Four will be 35 by the third film! Think about that!

  2. mary says:

    watching THEO JAMES from the beginning of GOLDEN BOY, has been a super thriller for a TV show.
    can’t get enough of JAMES. can’t wait to see DIVERGENT next year.

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