In the futuristic world of Divergent, society has been split up into factions based on five main traits: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (peacefulness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), and Erudite (intelligence). Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, doesn’t fit easily into any one of those groups — she’s divergent, and it’s a secret she has to keep, or her life is in danger.
The video above shows behind-the-scenes footage of Woodley and co-star Theo James in various action scenes that take place throughout the film, from landing on a safety net after a multiple-story-high fall to climbing up the side of a ferris wheel. Woodley also discusses the look and feel of the film as a whole.
“The world of Divergent is giant — it’s sort of unfathomable,” Woodley says with a laugh. “It’s one thing to read a book, especially a book about the future, and then to come up with that world… They created something that is relatable, you know, it’s something that we recognize in today’s world, in today’s society, but it’s also tweaked just enough to establish that it is something of the future.”
Author Veronica Roth, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, seemed to share similar sentiments about the realization of the world she created. After viewing the movie for the first time, she wrote on her blog: “And we were so lucky to have Neil Burger driving this — his vision of the world, the amazing details and subtleties of it, his understanding of the story, and how seriously he took every part of it… I mean, you can tell. You can see it everywhere.”
The film is predicted to make $50 million on opening weekend, and hits theaters March 21. Watch the trailer here: