We know "Divergent" — the futuristic sci-fi flick starring
What we don't know is, well, just about everything else — at least not officially.
It remains to be seen where exactly in the city "Divergent" will film. If it stays true to Northwestern alum and Chicago resident Veronica Roth's 2011 novel — which revolves around teenager Beatrice "Tris" Prior (Woodley) and is set in a Chicago where the population has been split into five factions — we could see cameras rolling at plenty of city landmarks. The book features
Illinois Film Office managing director Betsy Steinberg said she was unaware of specific filming locations or how much of the movie will be filmed on location compared to a soundstage. "Those decisions are under wraps," Steinberg said over the phone Friday. "Big movies these days don't share much info." Steinberg did, however, say Lionsgate, the studio behind "Divergent" and the "Twilight" and
(A spokeswoman for The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association said she had not been told if the movie will film on Michigan Avenue, and a spokesman for Willis Tower said there would be no comment on projects in production. Attempts to reach a spokesperson for Navy Pier were unsuccessful.)
The 24-year-old Roth wrote on her blog she was thrilled that the studio chose to film in Chicago rather than try to replicate the city elsewhere.
"I am beyond happy that this worked out," Roth wrote Jan. 15. "I love Chicago. I've lived here for most of my life, and the city was obviously a huge inspiration for the books. I can't really express how cool it is that the city represented in the movie will be the actual city that I love."
As for the cast of the film, Variety reported Thursday that
"The thing about Four is that he has to be a man," Woodley recently told
The third book in Roth's "Divergent" series (the second was 2012's "Insurgent") is expected to hit stores in the fall. Does Lionsgate want to film the entire franchise in Chicago, should be there be sequels as expected?
"That's what we hope," Steinberg said. "We wish they would put it in writing."
On the record: "I married someone from Illinois. There's something about that sensibility that I'm drawn to (both myself and) in the characters I play. There's a friendliness and an eccentricity to Midwesterners — they're more likely to just be themselves. I know that's an idealized version, but there is something about the Midwest that I love." —
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