Check out the very first image to be released of Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews in the movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular Young Adult Dystopian Thriller, Divergent!
The film will star Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, a girl who walks away from her family and faction of selfless members of Society known as Abnegation, to join Dauntless, the fearless faction that provides Society with security. Dauntless members are known to take risks, but there’s something that Tris learns about herself that makes her different from the rest of the Society.
I have to admit that I’ve been a little skeptical about this movie, and I’ve got a handful of reasons. Those reasons have all been overshadowed by Kate Winslet’s involvement. Jeanine Matthews is the leader of the Erudite, known for their intelligence and a hunger for knowledge. The first role most of us knew from Kate displayed the way she can play regal, which is something that many leaders, including Jeanine display.
What will be a bit different in this role for Kate is that she’s not exactly the good guy. She hasn’t always played perfect characters, but I don’t recall a role I’ve seen her in that I would call a villain. Without getting into specific plot points and anything I would classify as a spoiler, Jeanine Matthews is a villain.
Along with the great shot of Kate as Jeanine, we’ve got a few more stills from Divergent that were just released. In these shots we see Tris on the day she chooses Dauntless, indicated by the fact that she’s still in Abnegation clothes, and then a couple shots that look like Tris in training. After all, Dauntless can’t be the muscle of Society without knowing how to throw a punch or two, right? There’s even a pretty good shot of the tattoo that anyone who read the books has probably been on the lookout for!
I’m now officially excited for Divergent and will be going to see it on opening weekend. If you’ve been skeptical, are the new stills or any particular actor’s involvement getting you more excited?