Will the Young Adult Novel ‘Divergent’ Be a ‘Titanic’ Success?

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Hollywood’s latest attempt to find a Twilight-level success just scored a major casting coup. Oscar-winner Kate Winslet is working on a deal now to star in the adaptation of YA novel Divergent. Winslet will join The DescendantsShailene Woodley in the film, which centers on Woodley’s character, a teenager forced to compete in a ritual that divides her family. No word yet on who the Titanic star will play in the March 21, 2014 release. [Variety]

Speaking of Twilight, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 actress Dakota Fanning is set to star in the upcoming Errol Flynn biopic, The Last of Robin Hood.

Deadline reported on Thursday that Fanning will play Beverly Aadland, Flynn’s teenage girlfriend, who stayed at the late actor’s bedside during his final years. Kevin Kline will play Flynn in the movie, which is ramping up for a February 2013 start date. [Deadline]

While nothing can beat Thursday’s news of J.J. Abrams directing the next Star Wars movie, another popular fanboy property is also making waves. According to reports, Warner Bros. superhero team-up movie, Justice League, will feature the following line-up of DC characters: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern. Warners is keeping story details under lock and key, but is expected to settle on a director soon. [Latino Review]

Robert Downey, Jr. is apparently out of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, and Joaquin Phoenix is in. The director and star of The Master will reteam for Inherent Vice, Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel. Anderson’s script, like the book, centers on a pot-smoking detective (Phoenix) struggling to solve a kidnapping in 1970 Los Angeles. The last time the two worked together, Phoenix scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for The Master. We can’t wait to see what will happen this time around. [The Hollywood Reporter]

That Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel no one has really talked about appears to be finally happening. The Weinstein Company is aiming for a May start date on the sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning 2000 film, which will be based on the same book series that gave us Dragon. Young Guns writer John Fusco wrote the script, and Ronny Yu (The Bride of Chucky) is circling the director’s chair. (And that’s how you kill both this movie and our excitement for it.) [Deadline]

Watch the trailer for the upcoming YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures, and then let us know: Is Winslet a good choice for Divergent? Sound off in the comments below.

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