Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have released a new trailer for the upcoming sequel The Divergent Series: Allegiant. Directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) and based on the third and final novel of the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, Allegiant finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) attempting to survive their first-ever trip outside the wall that encloses the world’s futuristic/post-apocalyptic Chicago. There, shocking truths await them, revelations that will force them to make difficult choices and sacrifices in the name of saving all of humanity. While Allegiant is the final book in the source material’s trilogy, the producers have opted to expand the film franchise to include a fourth installment titled The Divergent Series: Ascendant, which will conclude the sci-fi series in 2017.
Watch the new The Divergent Series: Allegiant trailer below. The film also stars Ansel Elgort, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Miles Teller, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim and Naomi Watts. The Divergent Series: Allegiant opens March 18, 2016.
Divergent was a totally serviceable adaptation of a totally serviceable dystopian sci-fi book. Unfortunately, the follow up, Insurgent, was a barely watchable mess. The Allegiant trailer looks promising enough. It’s extremely trope-y (“you’re the only one”…sigh), but it’s opening up the world and the story in an exciting way. The major concern is the two-parter approach, which, as we saw with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, tends to lead to a feature film-length first act.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Divergent Series: Allegiant:
The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.
After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.