Jai Courtney, the action star who played John McClane’s son in A Good Day To Die Hard, has just joined Divergent, the movie adaptation of the YA Veronica Roth bestseller, Hollywood.com has confirmed.
Courtney joins the film – directed by Neil Burger – along with previously cast Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz, and Ansel Elgort.
The movie is set in a dystopian future where society divides people into five factions based on personality. Woodley plays the young protagonist Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who is classified a “divergent,” a rare, dangerous classification, and is told she will never fit into any specific group. She leaves her family back in the Abnegation (selfless) faction to join the Dauntless (bravery) faction, and uncovers a conspiracy to destroy all “divergents” and start a war. She must find out why she and others like her are considered so dangerous.
Courtney will play Eric, one of the Dauntless leaders. He is described as having many piercings and long, dark, greasy hair, with cold eyes that made him all the more menacing, scabbed-over knuckles, and a wicked smile. He is excessively cruel and makes life for Tris as hard as he possibly can. He also is enemies with the as-yet-uncast love interest for Tris, Four.
Q will play Tori, the owner of a tattoo parlor in Tris’s chosen faction, Dauntless, and is part of the choosing ceremony that divides people into factions. She ends up as Tris’s ally. Kravitz will play Christina, a member of the Dauntless faction, and who becomes friends with Tris. Elgort will play Caleb, Tris’s brother who turns his back on his family in the Abnegation faction like Tris does to be part of the Erudite (knowledge) faction.
Winslet’s character has yet to be revealed, but the biggest role yet to be filled is the cold, calculating leader of the Erudite faction, Jeanine Matthews, which Winslet would portray perfectly.
Divergent hits theaters March 21, 2014.
Follow Sydney on Twitter: @SydneyBucksbaum
[Photo Credit: PNP/WENN]