UPDATE: Divergent started filming today in Chicago. Summit will release it in what it calls "The Hunger Games slot" of March 21, 2014. Here is the official description of the movie:
"DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late."
March 2, 2013 - British actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Great Expectations) will play Will, Tris' eventual best friend, in Divergent. Other Dauntless members are in place, as well: Ben Lamb is playing Edward and Christian Madsen is playing Al. Christian Madsen is the son of actor Michael Madsen.
March 15, 2013: After a thorough search, Theo James will take play Four (otherwise known as Tobias Eaton) in Divergent. The role is the male lead, the boy who Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) falls in love with who is placed into a different faction. James is a cast regular on the CBS series "Golden Boy," and has had roles in "Downton Abbey" and Underworld: Awakening. Other actors cast in the film who are still securing their deal include Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Miles Teller (Footloose), Ray Stevenson (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Thor). Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) will play Christina, Maggie Q ("Nikita") will play Tori, Ansel Elgort (Carrie) will play Caleb, and Romeo is rumored to be playing Uriah.
Here's the offical logline of the story from Summit Entertainment:
"DIVERGENT is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
A man with a mysterious past, Four is Tris's intense yet charismatic instructor and one of the leaders of the Dauntless faction."
March 14, 2012 - A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney joins Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet in Divergent. The Australian actor will play Eric, the leader of the Dauntless. This role is not, however, the male romantic lead that director Neil Burger has been searching for.
Courtney was also recently seen in Jack Reacher.
Jan. 25, 2013 - Shailene Woodley ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager") will star and Kate Winselt (Titanic) is in talks to join Divergent, a Hunger Games-ish movie about a society in which everyone is put into a category, or "faction," that defines their primary personality trait. When an aptitude test reveals 16-year old Beatrice (Woodley) is a "divergent," meaning she embodies more than one trait, she must choose a faction and compete for acceptance. The teen male lead is still up for grabs with director Neil Burger (Limitless) passing on Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four).
Sept. 13, 2012 - Summit has given Divergent a release date of March 21, 2014. The date indicates they are going forward with the film adaptation of the young adult book series (the first two books have been released and sold 1.5 million a piece). Summit has not hired a director or a cast for the film yet.
Feb. 10, 2011 - Okay...new movie trend alert: futuristic dystopian worlds where teens rebel against the new order. Joining The Hunger Games and Now is Divergent. Summit Entertainment is negotiating to get the film rights to 22-year old Veronica Roth's young adult book about a society that is divided into populations based on human traits (honesty, selflessness, bravery, intelligence and peaceful). At the age of 16, each kid must pick a faction to live with and the story's heroine Beatrice and the boy she falls for realize they don't fall into one specific group.
The Hunger Games is about a futuristic dystopian society in which two teens are forced to fight to the death as a form of entertainment and proof of sacrifice. Now is about a futuristic society in which people stop aging at the age of 25 (by paying the price) or die.