A new extended trailer for the upcoming film Divergent will be shown tonight during the Winter Olympics, but we've got it right here.
The spot, which is 60 seconds long, is heavy on action but doesn't quite explain what exactly it means to be "Divergent" -- a problem that has dogged the marketing of this movie from the start.
Here's the latest synopsis released by the studio (Summit):
Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.
The idea of a society being split into factions based on personality traits seems so nebulous that it's hard to imagine how that translates to the screen, or why having multiple traits could be a threat. I confess to not having read the book, so perhaps Roth does a better and clearer job of selling the concept on the page.
What is clear, however, is that Summit, which gave us the Twilight movies (and whose sister company, Lionsgate, produces the Hunger Games series), very badly wants this to be its next young adult sci-fi smash (the sequel, Insurgent, is already in preproduction). But those two franchises we just mentioned have been the only success stories so far -- the last few years have seen movie theaters littered with box-office corpses like The Host, The Mortal Instruments, I Am Number Four and Vampire Academy. Can Divergent break that streak?
Divergent is out in theaters March 21.