Variety reported earlier that actress Kate Winslet was in talks to join the cast of Divergent based on the YA novel by Veronica Roth. Summit Entertainment has since confirmed via twitter that Winslet has INDEED joined the Divergent cast! No idea what role Kate will play but this is so exciting!
Update: Apparently Summit Entertainment’s tweet earlier was premature and Kate Winslet is in final negotiations for a role in Divergent. Sorry for the confusion!
Though Summit and Neil Burger’s “Divergent” is still on the lookout for its male lead to pair with Shailene Woodley, it may have found a major co-star for her with Kate Winslet in talks to join the movie.
Summit is eyeing a film trilogy; it acquired the Veronica Roth novel in March 2011, shortly after which Burger beat out a slew of helmers to land the coveted gig. The story has a futuristic, “Hunger Games”-like teen-on-teen violence setting and follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior, whom Woodley is set to play. It is unknown what part Winslet would play in the film.
Burger will helm, with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher producing through their Red Wagon banner. Vanessa Taylor is rewriting the script that Evan Daugherty penned and Burger helped develop.