divergent casting news

Shailene Woodley and Jai Courtney team up for ‘Arkie’

Shailene Woodley, Jai Courtney and online star Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor have joined the cast of animated feature Arkie.
The film, being introduced to buyers in Cannes, is created by Nathan Jurevicius, the award-winning artist behind the Scarygirl graphic novel and video game, and directed by his brother Luke Jurevicius (AACTA Award-winning Figaro Pho).
Arkie is a fantastical adventure about an inventive and inquisitive young girl, Arkie (Woodley), who must leave the safety of her home and embark on an epic journey to a dazzling but dangerous metropolis to rescue her father Blister from the clutches of the evil scientist Dr. Maybee (Courtney). Bachelor, with over 16 million online followers, will play the role of Bunniguru, a comedic adventurer who relies on his “book of useless proverbs” and wit to get him out of many jams.
“It’s been a brilliant journey participating in Arkie’s evolution over the years,” said the Jurevicius brothers. “We can’t wait to work with our wonderfully talented actors in bringing her world to life on the big screen. It’s so great that this film has attracted such significant talent. We knew Arkie’s story was strong, but having Shailene, Jai and Andrew are important confirmation that we are creating something truly special.”
The picture is an Australian / Canadian co-production lead by Sophie Byrne of Passion Pictures Australia (Academy Award winner The Lost Thing) and Nicole Stinn of Nitrogen Studios (Sausage Party). John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) also serves as an exec producer. Luma Pictures are on board as the animation studio for Australia.
We are so excited that Arkie has engaged such high calibre talent,“ said producer Sophie Byrne. "Bachelor brings his unique comedic edge to Bunniguru, Woodley’s distinct voice, the right combination of vulnerability and savvy of Arkie, and Courtney the perfect blend of charisma mixed with sinister charm for the evil scientist, Dr Maybee”.
Odin’s Eye Entertainment (OEE) will ramp up sales in Cannes this year, already having closed deals with a number of key territories Madman (Australia / NZ), Italy (Notorious), Baltics (Best Film), Yugoslavia (Dexin), Middle East (Phonencia), Phillipines (Captive)
“Arkie is like no other,” said OEE founder Michael Favelle who also doubles as an exec producer. “It has the creative sensibility of Miyazaki fused with the vibrant colours of The Lorax and the heart and warmth of Amelie.”
UTA is packaging and also handling the U.S. sale, with further A-list cast in negotiation. Arkie is anticipated to hit screens in late 2019.
Woodley is represented by UTA and managed by Management 360, Courtney is also represented by UTA and managed by Silver Lining Entertainment and Morrissey Management, and Bachelor is repped by UTA and managed by Christina Bachelor.

Zoë Kravitz Joins HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’

Zoë Kravitz is set for a co-starring role opposite Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies, HBO’s limited series from David E. Kelley.
An adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2014 darkly comic novel, Big Little Lies revolves around three mothers of kindergartners — Celeste (Kidman), Madeline (Witherspoon) and Jane — whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Kravitz will play Bonnie Carlson who is married to Madeline’s ex-husband. Bonnie is a spiritual yoga instructor, a sensitive soul with a strong moral compass. Also cast in the project are Laura Dern as Renata Klein and Adam Scott is Ed Mackenzie, Madeline’s husband. Shailene Woodley is finalizing a deal to play Jane.
The book was optioned by Kidman’s Blossom Films and Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard. The two actresses exec produce with Kelley, Pacific Standard’s Bruna Papandrea and Blossom Films’ Per Saar. Jean-Marc Vallée is set to direct multiple episodes.
Kravitz, co-star of the Divergent feature franchise, has been working non-stop. This year, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet was seen in the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, Mad Max: Fury Road and Dope. She is attached Black Belle and will be seen in Viena And The Fantomes and Vincent-N-Roxxy. Kravitz, who has a band, Lolawolf, is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.


What The Divergent Cast REALLY Thinks of Beyonce

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!
—  Veronica Roth (from the author herself, keep calm and trust Veronica)

NEW campaign photo of Theo James for “Hugo Boss” Fragrances, has been finally released (with its first photo) by an exclusive article from “People.”


In a press release, James is quoted as saying, “I’m honored to be representing Boss Parfums as an Ambassador in their latest perfume campaign. I have for a long time admired Boss for achieving the perfect balance between the classic and the contemporary. This campaign encapsulates the iconic spirit of the brand and reflects my own tastes and attitudes towards a truly unique fragrance.”


Who else can’t wait any longer to get more photos and more news coming soon?