'Divergent' casting: Theo James to play Four opposite Shailene Woodley
In a joint statement, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, say, "Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica's novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles."
Author Roth adds, "Recently I saw Theo James' screen test with Shailene Woodley, and I was sure within seconds: this was 'Four,' no question. Theo is able to capture 'Four's' authority and strength, as well as his depth and sensitivity. He is a perfect match for Shailene's incredibly strong presence as Tris. I'm thrilled."
James broke out in a key role on the first season of "Downton Abbey," and plays the lead on "Golden Boy," about a police officer climbing the ranks at record pace in a post-9/11 New York City.