Let me get this out of the way. I will see Kate Winslet in anything. Anything. Did you hear Kate Winslet is in an Arabic-language Raisin Bran commercial? What channel is it on?! Kate Winslet to star in a one-woman, live-action Furry remake of Happy Feet. Sign me up!
It was announed yesterday that Winslet joined the adaptation of young adult series Divergent. She has been in talks since January, and I somehow missed it. I remember seeing the book series around Barnes & Noble a few times, but I never picked it up or learned anything about it. The first two chapters of the Veronica Roth trilogy are available now, but the final volume isn't due until October.
I am fickle when it comes to reading YA fiction. I was up for The Hunger Games, but not Twilight. Beautiful Creatures seems pretty wretched to me after seeing the movie (although, I hear the book is completely different) and City of Bones (a gift from a friend) is staring at me from my bookcase in my room. I can't bring myself to pick up that lofty volume since I saw the trailer for the film adaptation for it, and I can't wrap my head around Anthony from Sweeney Todd getting it on with Snow White from Mirror Mirror. It looks too hokey for me.
"I don't feel you, Johanna."
I wandered over to Barnes & Nobles's website to check out the book's synopsis:
Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
Kate Winslet has been cast in the villainess role of Jeanine Matthews, the leader of the Erudite faction. Are we going to see Ms. Winslet channel her inner villain here? Sign me the eff up! Winslet hasn't really played a straight up manipulator before (you could make arguments for Heavenly Creatures, but I don't consider that a villain really), so I am super excited to watch her manipulate some people. I am wondering if she is going to be more like Nicole Kidman in The Golden Compass? Kidman didn't get the props she really deserved for that role.
Shailene Woodley (The Descenedants) won the coveted role of Beatrice in the film. Wouldn't it be awesome to see Rose from Titanic beating down the whiny girl from The Secret Life of an American Teenager? That thought alone guarantees my money to see it.
Bring it, baby. Bring it.