Theo James lands the male lead opposite Shailene Woodley in “Divergent.”
Set in a futuristic dystopia, a teenager seeks to break free from society. She joins a rival faction, where she falls for a young man.
Why it matters:
Considered by many in town to be one of the lengthier casting searches in some time, “Divergent” landed in the lap of James, a British actor best known for starring in new midseason CBS drama “Golden Boy.” He won a role that could have the kind of springboard effect “Thor” gave Chris Hemsworth and “Twilight” afforded Robert Pattinson. As Summit continues talks with Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Kate Winslet in supporting roles, he could find himself surrounded by a top-flight cast. Those last two names won’t come cheaply, though. Courtney, Teller and James are all very busy in the next year. Adding