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Kate Winslet's film 'Divergent' joins rush of dystopian Y.A. film adaptations

Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley star in 'Divergent,' a movie based on Veronica Roth's dystopian young adult novel. Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley's movie is one of several young adult films that depict a dark future.

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When protagonist Tris, portrayed by Shailene Woodley, is born into the selfless Abnegation tribe but realizes she doesn't fit in, she challenges society's rules and finds a home with the Dauntless, a clan for the brave. The film, also starring Kate Winslet, is due for release in March 2014.

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"'Harry Potter' had this wonderful innocent magic to it and it got darker as it went along ... maybe 'Hunger Games' takes that to the next step. We've taken it even further with 'Divergent,'" the film's director Neil Burger said.

"Ender's Game," due out in November, is based on the sci-fi novels by Orson Scott Card and starring young actors Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. It explores a futuristic universe where gifted young children are taken to military school early in order to train for warfare against alien invasions on their planet.

Actor Harrison Ford, who plays Colonel Graff, a trainer of the youth in the film, said he saw parallels between's Card's story written three decades ago, and today's world where the military lures young soldiers to fight wars.

"The issues of the manipulation of young people for their values as soldiers for their special skills ... is something that was really complex and interesting to me," Ford said at the film's presentation at Comic-Con.

For all the darkness, young actresses might get some of their best roles in these films. Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss as a strong leader and protagonist has set off a new trend of bolder heroines.

Harald Zwart, the director of the upcoming adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones", the first of a six-part book series by Cassandra Clare, said he believed there was a need for stronger female leads in film.

"It's important for young girls to understand that there are qualities to girls other being just pretty and being told what to do," said Zwart, whose film stars Lily Collins.

"They can take control of their own lives and they need to find their own destiny, and I just wanted my daughter to see that inspiration," he added.

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