Kate Winslet To Play Jeanine Matthews In ‘Divergent’

It’s been a bit since we’ve heard from Kate Winslet, at least in the mainstream sense. Now reports are coming in that Winslet is set to co-star alongside The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley in Divergent.

Divergent is Neil Burger’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young story of the same name. It’s been confirmed that Winslet will play Jeanine Matthews, who is known as the leader of the Erudite group.

The news about Winslet joining Divergent came from Summit’s official announcement. Along with Kate Winslet the Divergent cast is rounded out by Woodley, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q. Out of the group Winslet’s character Jeanine is said to be the most intelligent of the group.

In their press release Summit writes about the new Kate Winslet film:

“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.”

The novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth has received much acclaim and huge success, with topping the New York Times Best Sellers list since May of 2011. Aside from Divergent, Winslet unfortunately made an appearance in what is helmed as the worst movie in a long time, in Movie 43. In addition the actress has Labor Day coming out in 2013 playing depressed single mother Adele, as well as having two films in pre-production.

In a joint statement, Lionsgate’s co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said of the group of actors to round out the cast: “As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.”

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