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Are you brave enough to jump from a moving train? If so, you might fit in well among the Dauntless faction. The latest still from Divergent shows us Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz performing such a daring feat for the feature adaptation of Veronica Roth's popular novel. It's a dangerous effort, but waiting for the train to stop is for other factions.
Entertainment Weekly shared the above photo, which is presumably a glimpse of an earlier scene in the movie. Those who've read the book know that the story is set in dystopian Chicago where society is split between five factions. Before choosing her faction, Woodley's character, Tris Prior, learns she's Divergent, which means she won't fit into any one faction. She must keep this fact a secret as she chooses her faction and begins her training. Jumping from trains is something the brave "Dauntless" faction members do fairly regularly, but judging by Tris' clothing, which are baggy and gray - preferable attire for the selfless Abnegation folk - and Tris' soon-to-be pal Christina dressed in black and white - preferable attire for the truth-loving Candor crowd - it's probably safe to assume that we're seeing the duo not long after their choosing ceremony. Jumping off the train is one of the first brave tasks the Dauntless faction members must perform en route to headquarters to begin their official training.
Director Neil Burger told EW that he likes that the story is set in the future, explaining, "It's fantastic to be able to create a world that's completely new." "New" is an interesting word to use to describe the world Veronica Roth has created for the story, as the mental picture for the backdrop of this story. In Divergent is anything but. The city of Chicago is walled in and especially rundown. One of the previously released photos gave us a glimpse of the setting, with a giant ferris wheel in the background. From the way the story is told, it seems like this future version of Chicago is really a shell of its former self, with buildings and other landmarks left to decay and a divided society attempting to co-exist in a city that once was.
In addition to Candor, Dauntless and Abnegation, there are also the Erudite and Amity. The former are the Ravenclaws of the bunch, all books, brains and logic, while the Amity people live by trust, self-sufficiency, forgiveness and kindness. You can check out the faction symbols for the movie here.
And if you haven't read the book, there's still plenty of time to do that. Divergent doesn't arrive in theaters until March 21, 2014. There's also Book 2, Insurgent and the upcoming third and final book in the trilogy, Allegiant. And if that's not enough for you, you can read the Divergent knife-throwing scene from Four's perspective with the 16-page ebook Free Four. And there's more from Four on the way leading up to the film's release next year.