Ashley Judd signs on to star in Divergent movie as Natalie Prior

The period of the vampire appears to be fading away, and in its place is a dystopian future. Or, so one would think incidentally Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games or or James Dashner's The Maze Runner have generated a new interest in our bleak future. Veronica Roth's debut novel Divergent sets itself apart from those dystopian stories; establishing itself in its own right.

The story is set in a futuristic Chicago, where the population has been divided into five different factions, each one with certain personality traits, customs and roles. Beatrice Prior (Tris) is getting ready to take her aptitude test to choose which faction she belongs too. She can stay with her relatives, or risk it all for a new life. When her test results are questionable, she strictly warned not to let any one know that she is Divergent. Beatrice has no idea why, but she knows that whatever the reason is--it's not good.

Summit Entertainment has acquired the film rights to Divergent recently, with Neil Burger is attached to direct the adaptation based on a script by Evan Daughtery. The film stars Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley as Beatrice Prior / Tris, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews. The studio also confirmed that Ashley Judd will join the cast of Divergent. She will play the role of Natalie Prior, Beatrice's mother.

The shooting has already started in Chicago and the film's release date is set for March 21, 2014.

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