Ever wondered what a futuristic Chicago would look like? The first official trailer for Divergent displays exactly that. Despite sharing some of the same footage from the first look seen during this year’s VMAs, this trailer delves deeper into the world of Divergent, both thematically and visually. It’s great seeing Chicago landmarks such as the Navy Pier ferris wheel and Sears Tower displayed so prominently.
Of course, Chicago is just the setting for the film. Based on the young adult novel of the same name by author Veronica Roth, Divergent is about a futuristic Chicago where the entire city is split into different factions based on their personalities and character traits. However, every once in awhile, a “Divergent,” embodying all of the traits of the various factions, is discovered when teenagers are tested to see which faction they’ll join for the rest of their lives. Tris (Shailene Woodley) is found to be Divergent; however, her discovery unearths a secret government plot that is withholding the community.
I feel mixed about the boom in Young Adult film adaptations. On the one hand, series like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have cemented themselves as amazing films and adaptations. Others, like Twilight are, well… Twilight. I have high hopes for Divergent, and not just because it’s set in Chicago. I guess we’ll find out where Divergent falls on the YA film adaptation scale when it hits theaters on March 21st, 2014.