Insurgent Adds Lost's Daniel Dae Kim

While Daniel Dae Kim has made a pretty great career out of small screen work, boasting credits that include roles on Lost, Angel, ER, Star Trek: Enterprise and much more recently, a starring role in Hawaii Five-0, we do see him on the big screen from time to time. And that's the case for his next role, as the actor has landed a part in the Divergent sequel Insurgent.

Variety posted the casting news, stating that Daniel Dae Kim will play Jack Kang in Insurgent. Those who are familiar with the books know that Kang is a Candor representative.

Daniel Dae Kim's casting is great news for Insurgent's expanding cast. As mentioned, he has a great list of credits on the small screen, and within those credits, demonstrated range, whether he's playing the collected but sinister Gavin Park in Angel, the kind and intelligent Jin Kwon in Lost or the honest and wrongly accused detective in Hawaii Five-0. Candor people are known for their honesty, which sometimes comes off as blunt and even rude. The truth isn't always polite, after all. So it'll be interesting to see how Kim portrays this particular role.

Daniel Dae Kim is one more great actor to join the Divergent casting. This news follows word that Naomi Watts had signed on to play Four's mother Evelyn. Also among the newcomers to the franchise is Octavia Spencer, who is set to play Amity leader Johanna in Insurgent. They join returners Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q.

Insurgent began production in Atlanta late last month. Following up on the events of Divergent, the sequel will raise the stakes for Tris as she and her fellow Dauntless faction member (and love interest) Four attempt to search for allies in the aftermath of the uprising. Based on a trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth, the story is set dystopian Chicago where society is broken up into five factions, which determine people's way of life, based on certain beliefs and personality traits. As the first film demonstrated, not everyone is on the same page when it comes to the future of this society, and it's presenting major disturbances, to put it mildly (and vaguely, for those who have yet to see the movie or read the books). That's left some of the characters on the outside and in desperate need of people they can trust.

While production gets underway in Atlanta, fans of the first movie have the Blu-ray/DVD arrival of Divergent to anticipate. That's set to arrive in August (opens in new tab), though the digital version will be available to purchase on July 22.

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