Kate Winslet is set to join the cast of Divergent, the upcoming film adaptation of the first book in a trilogy by Veronica Roth.
According to Reuters:
Film studio Summit Entertainment said on Thursday that Winslet, 37, will play the cold and unlikeable Jeanine Matthews in the film set in a dystopian future.
“Divergent,” based on the first of a trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth, is set in a society that is divided into five factions that define how a person lives their life.
The Abnegation people are selfless while the Erudite devote themselves to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. Winslet will play the leader of the Erudite, Summit said in a statement.
The studio previously announced the casting of rising star Shailene Woodley, 21, and British newcomer Theo James, 28.
“Divergent,” due for release in March 2014, is the latest young adult novel to be translated to the big screen following the conclusion of lucrative franchise “The Twilight Saga” and the success last year of “The Hunger Games,” starring new Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.
Let’s not even utter Kate’s name in the same sentence as Twilight, okay?
Putting that aside, it will be interesting to see her as a cold and unlikeable character — maybe a combination of the blasé Rose of Titanic and the whiskey-drinking Nancy Cowan of Carnage?