Sigh. Kate Winslet. Where art thou?! Oh yeah, that’s right. Probably off enjoying your honeymoon with Ned Rocknroll. But it sounds like she’s getting ready to return to the big screen, and she’s taken interest in a movie that will surprise some of her fans. A little while back we learned that Shailene Woodley (of The Descendants and The Secret Life of the American Teenager) had been offered the lead in the movie adaptation of the young adult novel Divergent (she was also pegged for the role of Mary Jane in the next Amazing Spider-Man flick). It looks like Woodley might get to work with one of the best (and my absolute favorite actress of all time), if Kate Winslet does join the cast. Click inside to learn more!
Indiewire has the deets:
While she did star in in “Titanic,” which wound up becoming on of the biggest movies of all time, Kate Winslet has, before and since, stayed away from franchise territory. The closest she’s ever come to a tentpole was probably Steven Soderbergh‘s “Contagion,” or maybe the Aardman animation “Flushed Away,” but in general, she’s preferred to stick to artsier, more awards-baity fare, working with directors like Roman Polanski, Todd Haynes and Jason Reitman.
But it looks like she might have found something tempting, as Summit Entertainment reveals that Kate Winslethas joined “Divergent,” the studio’s adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel. With a script from “Snow White & The Huntsman” scribe Evan Daughtery, rewritten by Vanessa Taylor (“Game Of Thrones,” “Hope Springs,” winner of the 2012 most incongruous credits award), and Neil Burger (“The Illusionist,” “Limitless“) in the director’s chair, the studio are clearly hoping for the film to be the next “Twilight” or “Hunger Games,” and look to be landing as prestigious a name as has been involved with either series.
The plot is set in a dystopian future where people are divided in factions separated by their qualities — selflessness, intelligence, honesty, peacefulness and bravery — and focuses on a girl, Tris, who discovesr she’s a Divergent, caught between multiple traits. “The Descendants” and “The Spectacular Now” star Shailene Woodley is signed on to play the lead, while Jeremy Irvine, Lucas Till and Alex Pettyfer were testing for the male lead, but Variety says that the filmmakers have decided to go older for the role.
What isn’t clear is what role Winslet would play. Our quick glance at Wikipedia doesn’t suggest an older female character, other than Tris’ mother Natalie, but there’s no indication of how big a role that is.
So, has anyone read the book? It sounds interesting, and I’d love to know who you think Kate Winslet might play.
On the one hand, I wouldn’t necessarily expect her to take on a movie like this, but she’s surprised me before. I know she’s in Movie 43, which I can’t wait to see (because eeeeveryone is in it), and I was pleasantly surprised when she was in Contagion. Ultimately, I don’t really care what type of movie it is; if Kate signs up, I’m signing up too!