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Page to Premiere Pulse: Fansites react to first still of Shailene Woodley as Tris in ‘Divergent’

April 24, 2013

Today, our first look at the upcoming adaptation of Divergent by Veronica Roth was released! It is our first official still from the movie, that features Shailene Woodley as Beatrice Prior during the hugely anticipated knife-throwing scene.

I started a reaction and discussion series so we can get all the amazing book-specific fansites out there involved here at Page to Premiere. The folks behind your favorite Divergent sites are some of the most knowledgeable people out there regarding the books, so their insight is always incredibly interesting! Our discussion series will be called Page to Premiere Pulse, and we’re eventually going to be expanding to discuss other popular adaptations. I’m hoping to eventually create video episodes! If you guys have any ideas at all, please let me know in the comments. I want this series to be as collaborative as possible. If you have a book-to-movie fansite and would like to participate in the future, feel free to email me at kimmy@pagetopremiere.com.

Kimmy West – Owner of Page To Premiere:

Wow, right? I feel like Shailene Woodley is totally going to prove all the naysayers wrong. I feel like she looks vulnerable but just the right pinch of Dauntless-badass, and that’s just in our first still image. I mean guys, it really is just the first picture, we can’t read too much into it! If you’ve seen The Descendants you know she can totally pull off that snarky, fierce character – but she’s also been winning awards for her role as a completely shy, introverted teenager in the adaptation of The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (which also stars Divergent‘s Peter, Miles Teller). Can there be a better Tris? I don’t think so. Shailene is the perfect mix of Abnegation and Dauntless. Also, I’m really not too fussed with hair-color. When I read the book, I imagined her a very light blonde, but is that really important to the story? No, what’s important is that the actress can pull of the tough mix of traits that Tris requires. I think we’re all going to be blown away. Follow at @KimmyMary & @PagetoPremiere

Camille Bonnet – Reporter at Page To Premiere:

I didn’t expect to see the first still from Divergent so soon, right after the start of shooting, but of course who would complain about that? I’m really glad that they chose this scene for the first still, because it’s the scene that Veronica watched and talked about, and it means so much in the books. I love Shailene’s face in this picture, and it really got me very excited about the movie. I think every details in this looks great and I can’t wait to see more pictures! Follow at @Camillena_ / @PagetoPremiere

Sarah Napier – Reporter at Page To Premiere:

Wow, this still came as a huge shock to me! I really didn’t expect to see something official from filming so soon after principal photography had begun! I’m totally not complaining though, especially as its such an amazing still to kick off the excitement of filming. Shailene has been on the radar for a while now, especially after being cast as Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, and people have been speculating as to whether she’s up to the mark for this film and I think with this still she really proves that she is! She has the exact look of how I imagined Tris here, and her expression is perfect for this scene! Plus I got very excited about seeing the tattoo for the first time. Although I barely noticed the hair-color when I first saw it, I feel like I should say since there are some people unhappy with how it looks, it doesn’t really effect anything in the long run and as long as she can convince me in the film that she’s Tris I don’t have a problem. Bring on the next still! Follow at @SarahENapier / @PageToPremiere

Paulina from IAmDivergent.com:

The Divergent fandom has been waiting so long for any small peek of the movie or the set (or anything really related to the film!), so it was extraordinary when EW released the very first Divergent still today! When the announcement was made yesterday of the “first look” no one knew really what to expect, but I think this still met everyone’s unknown expectations. Tris looks so much like I imagined her to look. I thought her hair would be lighter but the darker color really matches the character that Neil Burger (director) has recreated. We also get a peek at the raven tattoos (!!!) on her collarbone and from what we can see, I think they look fantastic. They’re the right size and the contrast they make with her light skin make them come out really well. I don’t think it was a HUGE surprise that this is what was going to be released though. Since Veronica had announced that she had seen the knife throwing scene at her set visit, it narrowed that down a little to what our “first look” could be. Needless to say, I think the still is amazing and I’m sure the whole fandom agrees (what with the worldwide trends and everything!). It definitely leaves us wanting for more though… Maybe our “second look” at the movie will be our beloved Four? A girl can only wish! Follow IAmDivergent on Twitter: @IAmDivergentcom

Alison from Divergent Fans:

When I first saw the still, I gasped. We have waited to long to see our Tris from books come alive. At first I was stunned. As I started to look around the photo I thought, it’s simple, yet powerful. Shailene Woodley conveys strength in this still, inner strength. That’s our Tris. Follow Divergent Fans on Twitter: @Divergent_Fans

Amanda Bell from Divergent Examiner:

I didn’t think I could possibly be more excited about this movie, but then this picture just opened up the floodgate of feels. Shailene’s tempered expression is just so perfect. She looks raw and vulnerable but durable too. Also, I love that we can get a teeny tiny glimpse of her raven tattoo and the training room. This is a great scene to kick off with since we know it from two different perspectives, and I love how it looks so far. Follow Divergent Examiner on Twitter: @DivergentExamnr

Administrators from DivergentFansUK.com:

When the official Divergent twitter page announced yesterday that we would get a first look at the movie today, we didn’t know what we were in for. The still EW released is absolutely perfect, and though it is just a small snippet from the movie, it’s great to finally see something visual instead of how we imagined things to be when we were reading the books. The still shows Tris in the middle of the knife throwing scene from chapter 13 (one of our favourite chapters), where Four is throwing knives at Tris after she takes Al’s place to prevent him standing in front of the target and have knives thrown at him. Looking at this I can honestly say Shailene is the perfect Tris and is exactly how we imagined her to be when reading the books. It’s amazing how we have a movie still of one of the most popular scenes in the book and it hasn’t even been a full month since filming started. I’m sure throughout the period that production is ongoing that we can expect more amazing sneak peeks like this! Follow DivergentFansUK on Twitter: @DiverentFansUK

Sookie from TheDivergent.net:

Because it was known the knife-throwing had been filmed, we assumed it would be a still from that scene. Tris’s hair is perfect, as well as the look on her face. She looks calm and prepared, but bold at the same time, which is the perfect combination because she is not allowed to flinch in that scene. The knife-throwing targets look very cool, too, being blue. Hopefully more stills will come soon and we cannot wait for them! Follow TheDivergent.net on Twitter: @TheDivergentnet

Cyndi from The Faction Four:

Oh my feels! This first picture of Tris is such a turning point for the Divergent fandom. At first, it seemed as if it was still a dream; however, this shot of Tris has changed everything. At first glace, I was speechless. My first REAL look at a beloved book coming to life! Wow! Now, I’m sitting here smiling like the fangirl I really am. Tris! Tattoo! Knives! What I’m gleaning from this picture is this: Divergent is going to exceed everyone’s expectations; and go far beyond what any of us could have imagined. Follow The Faction Four@TheFactionFour on Twitter: @TheFactionFour

Meg from Divergent Lexicon:

We’ve had so much fun sharing in the anticipation of finding out what our first look at Divergent would be, and we’re not the least bit disappointed! We’ve got Tris, and we’ve got one of our favorite scenes, the knife throwing scene! The best, and maybe the biggest torture? We ALL know exactly who threw that knife and where he’s standing. Shailene looks great and we absolutely cannot wait for more! Follow Divergent Lexicon on Twitter: @DivergentNation

Rachel from DivergentsUK.com:

Myself, and the rest of the fandom, have been eagerly awaiting some news from filming, so when the Divergent twitter account announced we would get our first look today, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I had a sneaky suspicion the exclusive would be something from the knife throwing scene, especially after Veronica’s blog post earlier this week. However, when the still was released, I was still shocked and awed at how much perfection was in one image. Shailene is the perfect Tris. The way she holds herself, and her expression, I can almost hear her saying “Shut up, Four!” The fact we also get a glimpse of her raven tattoo is just the icing on the (dauntless) cake. I can’t wait for more stills to come out, especially our first look at Theo as Four. This certainly is an exciting day for Divergent fans! Follow DivergentsUK on Twitter: DivergentsUK

Aulia from Divergent Indonesia:

What I think about the still? It really, really looks GREAT! Shailene Woodley looks really convincing and scared, just like what Tris looked like in my mind when I read that part. It also crosses my mind just how small she looks, in the still! I saw your retweet saying you don’t care about her hair color and I couldn’t agree more. I’m feeling good about the Divergent movie! Follow Divergent Indonesia on Twitter: @DivergentID

The retweet that she mentioned:

Matheus F. Nepomuceno of DivergenteBrazil.com:

I found this still amazing, I have no words to describe it. The film will only be released in 2014, and having something like this photo of Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) well before the premiere of the film, is going to give me a heart attack! It’s great that the Divergent trilogy is expanding more and more around the world. For those who read Divergent, they know that this is the knife-throwing scene, the initiation of Dauntless. Having the first still being revealed from this scene, is amazing. WE ARE WAITING! SO EXCITED! Divergent Brasil on Twitter: @DivergenteBR

What did you think of this first still? Let us know in the comments below!

Kimmy is a 22 year old nerdfighter and artist who is the founder and editor-in-chief of Page to Premiere. When she's not writing about books and movies here or on her Hunger Games site called Mockingjay.net, she loves creating original content at her magazine and production company JØLVIE, manically Tumblr-ing, eating sushi, drinking Thai iced tea, and being lazy with her cat Rue! She hopes to be a published author one day. You can follow her on Twitter at @kimmymary.