divergent shailene woodley tris dauntless initiation 'Divergent' photo: Shailene Woodley as Tris in Dauntless initiation“Divergent” fans: Here’s your first chance to see Shailene Woodley in character as Tris Prior in this newly released production photo from the heroine’s initiation into the Dauntless tribe.

We still have nearly a year before we’ll find out if the young adult novel adaptation lives up to the hype as the next “Hunger Games”/”Twilight”-sized sensation, but expectations are high for the sci-fi action film starring Woodley (“The Descendants”), Theo James (“Golden Boy”) and Kate Winslet. Entertainment Weekly scored the first look still from “Divergent,” which only recently started filming in Chicago.

Based on the first book in a trilogy by Veronica Roth, “Divergent” is set in a futuristic world in which society is divided into factions based on personality. While Tris aims to join Dauntless — the group dedicated to courage, bravery and fearlessness (hence the knife-throwing during initiation) — she is warned she is a “divergent” destined never to fit in with any faction. That’s not a good thing.

Neil Burger (“Limitless”) is directing the film set for release March 21, 2014. Additional cast members include Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Tony Goldwyn and Amy Newbold.

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