Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of Insurgent, the second installment of the “Divergent” action adventure franchise, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller. Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, opposite Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet.
The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce the film through their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will executive produce through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman.
Lionsgate will release Insurgent on its Summit Entertainment label on March 20, 2015. The third and fourth films in the series, Allegiant – Part 1 and Allegiant – Part 2, are slated for release on March 18, 2016 and March 24, 2017, respectively.
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.
Divergent has broken the $250 million mark at the worldwide box office and is Lionsgate’s highest-grossing domestic box office release outside “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises.