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The Perfect Beatrice Prior – A ‘Divergent’ Dream Casting

March 3, 2012
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One of the books I have just recently finished, is Divergent by Veronica Roth. I love this book! It is dystopia, and it is Young Adult, which seems to turn off some people. But boy let me tell you how much it does the opposite. My favorite series, The Hunger Games, reminds me of Divergent in some ways. But in others, not at all. in case you haven’t heard of Divergent, here’s a small snippet of the summary:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

From very early in the book, (Chapter 4 to be exact) I was absolutely, and undoubtedly hooked. It’s so unlike anything I’ve read and I feel the characters aren’t “perfect” which I notice in so many other books. The main character, Beatrice Prior, is such an excellent character I think, and that is what inspired me to do this post! As you may have heard, Summit Entertainment has the film rights with Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher producing. The film has no release date, and no cast, so it is the perfect time to put in my two sense!

The perfect, Beatrice Prior.

Beatrice, or “Tris” as she later names herself, is for one, the most pivotal role that needs to be cast, and two, the lucky lady who get’s to play Tris will need to be gifted. I’m talking, Academy Award gifted.

I’ll count down actresses from 5, number 1 being my perfect Tris.

5. Hayden Panettiere



My friend suggested Hayden Panettiere for Tris, and first, all my thoughts were negative. Not that she doesn’t look the part. but I was worried about her actual acting abilities. I want someone who can really take all the power from Tris and make it visual with her facial expressions. When it comes to what I had originally pictured, Hayden just isn’t it. At all.

4. Amanda Seyfried



I am a huge fan of Amanda Seyfried! Although I do think she might be a bit old, I think she definitely has the look and ability. I loved her in Mamma Mia. She definitely needs to audition!

3. Dianna Argon 



The first thing you are most likely to think is, TOO OLD! And frankly, I sort of agree. She is definitely similar to what most people and myself pictured, her acting is great, but the age just throws it all out I think. I wouldn’t have a problem with her auditioning that’s for sure.

2. Jennifer Lawrence



Jennifer Lawrence might be my favorite young actress at the time. Not just because she’s playing Katniss Everdeen, but she honestly is an amazing actress. Remember what I said about that actor that played Tris needed to be Academy Award good? Well, Jennifer is an Academy Award nominee. The absolute only problem I have is her age. Right now, Lawrence is 22 years old. A little old, and she’ll be even older when production finally begins. Another small thing, like I mentioned, she is working on The Hunger Games series. There might be a scheduling conflict if she was to play Tris. When we talk about what I pictured in my head, Jennifer is definitely close. So even though she is a bit old, and she is a bit busy, maybe she’ll still have time to at least audition!

1. Olivia Scriven



Olivia Scriven is a very new and young actress. Hardly anyone knows about her. To be quite honest, the only way I know about her is from glancing at my sister’s television while walking by her room. But after stopping and looking for a moment, I asked myself “Where have I seen this girl?” And then I realized, wait, this is exactly how I pictured Tris. I stayed with my sister, playing cards but really, I was studying this girl. I couldn’t believe how much she seems like Tris to me. Her acting is excellent, and if you’re worried about her age, (15) like I’ve said before, she will be older when they begin production! And maybe after all they will have a 16 year old playing a 16 year old. I want Oliva Scriven to play Beatrice Prior! Do you hear that Summit?


Jake is a student in New York. He's an actor and he loves what he does. He writes, blogs, makes films and most importantly loves and is involved with the book to film adaptation happen. He plans to graduate from college and dive into a creative career whether in film, writing, or even photography. He's the director and producer of a film titled 'Skeleton Man' based on the novel with the same name. He's obsessed with Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Legend. He's an extra in Hunger Games: Catching Fire too! [Coke] vs. Pepsi


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    The If List is a great place to voice your opinion and let casting directors know who you’d like to see Obviously Divergent is already cast, but you can use the platform for any of your favorite stories you think should become films! http://iflist.com/stories/divergent#