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Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Q Join ‘Divergent’

Production starting in Chicago

Summit Entertainment has launched production on its tentpole “Divergent” with Mekhi Phifer and Maggie Q rounding out the cast.

The duo joins Shailene Woodley and Theo James, who are in the lead roles, along with Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. Neil Burger is directing from Vanessa Taylor’s adaptation of the first novel of Veronica Roth’s trilogy.

Production began Monday in Chicago on “Divergent,” which has been dated for release on March 21, 2014. It’s being developed as Lionsgate’s next potential young-adult franchise along the lines of “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.”

Movie is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago divided into five factions. Maggie Q is portraying the Tori character in the Dauntless faction.

Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is exec producing.

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