Theo James and Shailene Woodley’s kiss in the newest Allegiant trailer charmed the fans of Veronica Roth’s novels. In the trailer, Tris and Four are seen climbing the gigantic wall surrounding the place that they once thought was their only home, but turned out to be just a mere part of a vast country. Tris and Four urged Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Christina (Zoe Kravitz), Peter (Miles Teller), and Tori (Maggie Q) to come with them and explore what’s outside the wall.
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Apart from Theo James and Shailene Woodley’s kiss, an awaited part of the trailer is the group’s coming to terms with the truth. They find out that there’s so much more beyond their “home.” They get the chance to meet the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, but can the group trust the mysterious agency?
It has been confirmed that the titles of Allegiant Part 1 and 2 as well as their taglines were modified. Instead of mere “Part 1” and “Part 2” labels, the first will be called The Divergent Series: Allegiant while the penultimate film will be called The Divergent Series: Ascendant. The films will carry the taglines “Break the Boundaries of Your World” and “The End is Never What You Expect.”
Due to the penultimate film’s tagline, fans are now wondering if the film’s ending will deviate from the book. In a Tumblr post, Veronica also confirmed that several changes would take place.
“What does this mean? Well, basically, it means there are going to be some changes. But it’s really too early to know exactly what those changes will be or the extent of them.”
She wrote that she’s nervous about the changes and that she’s hoping that they won’t affect the characters immensely.
“I know changes always make fans of the books – and the author! – nervous, but hopefully the characters we know (and love. Or sometimes love to hate?) will still be intact, which is really the important thing. I am eager to see how these movies turn out, along with you guys.”
Many fans were devastated when Tris sacrificed her life in the Allegiant book. Various campaigns were spearheaded to persuade scriptwriters to change the film’s ending and give Theo and Shailene’s characters “the ending they really deserve.”
Veronica faced backlash and was prompted to defend her decision. She said that she didn’t kill Tris for she wanted to be ruthless. For the author, the ending was pivotal for it showed that Tris finally understood the meaning of selflessness.
Even Theo James and Shailene Woodley praised the author for writing what they believe was a fitting end to the novels. Shai told Entertainment Weekly that she loved how Veronica didn’t give in to the typical happy ending plot.
“I love that she didn’t sort of buy into the breakdown of what most young adult books, like, the outline of what’s happened in previous young adult books. Men die all the time in films – heroes do. But a lot of sweet heroines don’t. And so I thought it was a very powerful, profound decision on her part. And I really love that she had the courage and the bravery to do that.”
Theo, on the other hand, described Tris to Buzzfeed as a “semi-Christ figure” and that the book’s ending only gave sense to such description.
“I thought it was a natural — I thought it totally made sense. Her whole philosophy in life is selflessness and giving. She’s almost like a semi-Christ figure in that way. She’s endlessly selfless, and it seem like an obvious, natural course for her to give her life for the sake of others.”
The Divergent Series: Allegiant will hit silver screens on March 18, 2016, while the final film will follow a year after.
[Images via Allegiant trailer, Lionsgate]