Ashley Judd © AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN NOGIER

Ashley Judd
© AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN NOGIER

(Relaxnews) – According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ashley Judd (“Olympus Has Fallen”) is in talks to participate in the upcoming trilogy “Divergent,” a mix of adventure, action and romance akin to “The Hunger Games.”

Author Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” books are set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic Chicago. Survivors live behind protective walls and are divided into five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor and Amity.

The film’s story will center on Tris Prior, a 16-year-old girl who must choose her faction. She was raised in an Abnegation family but she, like a few others in the population, is described as “Divergent.” She finally chooses to join Dauntless, the faction responsible for maintaining order. This choice will be the starting point of an adventure to stop an Erudite plot to overturn the political system.

If talks with Summit Entertainment studios are successful, Judd will play Natalie Prior, the mother of the heroine who watches her two children leave for other factions. The American actress would join a cast featuring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Aaron Eckhart and Ray Stevenson.

Director Neil Burger (“Limitless”) has started filming “Divergent” in Chicago. The movie is set for release on March 21, 2014 in North American cinemas.

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