‘Insurgent’ Begins Filming, Shailene Woodley And Theo James Return In 2015

Insurgent has started filming in Atlanta, and will be released in March of 2015 following the massive success of the first installment in the Veronica Roth adaptation series, Divergent. The film will see the return of new movie darling Shailene Woodley in the role of the brave Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Brit actor Theo James as Four.

Lionsgate is trying to make this the next Hunger Games, and even though the first installment was not as successful as the Jennifer Lawrence trilogy, the studio hopes that the massive fan following the novels and first movie garnered will help Insurgent become even more successful than Divergent.

In a press release, made public on Tuesday, May 27, Lionsgate states:

“Lionsgate announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of INSURGENT, the second installment of the blockbuster DIVERGENT action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet. Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer joins returning cast members Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Mekhi Phifer. Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film is being directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman. Lionsgate will release INSURGENT theatrically in North America through its Summit Entertainment label on Friday, March 20, 2015.”

On Twitter, fans are very excited to hear the news that Insurgent is finally under way:

Shailene Woodley and Theo James’ careers were propelled into the spotlight with their portrayals of the heroes of the sci-fi adaptation of Divergent, and in Insurgent we will see their fight for survival continue.

Theo James and Shailene Woodley in Divergent

INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the dystopian ruins of a futuristic Chicago.Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.”

Are you excited that the sequel to Divergent, Insurgent, is under way?

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