New 'Divergent' trailer shows more action, romance

'Divergent' stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, and Theo James.

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'Divergent' stars Shailene Woodley (l.) and Theo James (r.).

A new trailer for the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel “Divergent” shows more of protagonist Tris’s struggle and her relationship with her instructor Four.

The film stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, who is living in a dystopian version of Chicago where people are sorted into certain factions based on their personality (Abnegation for selflessness, Dauntless for bravery, and so on). She finds herself in danger when she takes the test which determines what faction a person joins and discovers she is “divergent” – she doesn’t fit into just one faction. Actor Theo James (“Downton Abbey”) portrays Four.

The trailer shows Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews, the leader of the Erudite faction, telling teenagers about the test.

“The only way our society can survive is for each of you to claim your rightful place,” she says. “Today you will take a test that will help you discover who you truly are. The future belongs to those who know where they belong.”

After Tris takes her exam, a woman named Tori (Maggie Q) who administered it tells her, “The test didn’t work on you.”

Tris and others are shown training with Four, who instructs the transfers to Tris’s new faction, Dauntless.

“Divergents threaten the system,” Winslet says later in the trailer. “It won’t be safe until they’re removed.”

Check out the full trailer for the film. “Divergent” comes to theaters March 21.

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