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Divergent. Directed by Neil Burger - as Blair Kamin would inevitably find a way of telling you: he's a Yale graduate - who also made 2006's The Illusionist and 2011's Limitless, it's based on the novel by Veronica Roth. Born in Barrington, she reportedly wrote Divergent while studying at Northwestern. It's part of an award-winning trilogy (the final volume, Allegiant, is scheduled to be published this coming October) that Lionsgate studio is hoping will blossom into a lucrative, Hunger Games-type franchise. Divergent's cast includes Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Maggie Q, Ashley Judd and Kate Winslet. $40 million of the $80 million budget was said to be spent on the 6o days of shooting in Chicago, which began in April.
Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, sixteen-year-olds have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives.
In the novel, teenagers must choose between the Amity (peaceful), Abnegation (selfless), Candor (honest), Erudite (intelligent), and Dauntless (brave) factions, but there are those known as Divergents, who don't fit into any one of these particular groups.