Jeff Daniels Boards The Divergent Series: Allegiant Parts 1 & 2


Jeff Daniels

The two-part The Divergent Series: Allegiant has just scored a new addition to its ensemble cast. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber To, “The Newsroom”) will play the final book’s chief antagonist, David.

Lionsgate will produce and release Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James and based on the third book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling “Divergent” trilogy, as two separate films.

After the cataclysmic events in Insurgent, Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) enter a dangerous new world in Allegiant — Parts 1 & 2 that they no longer recognize. As new truths are revealed about the past and future, Tris must face impossible choices about courage, allegiance and love to protect the people closest to her.

Combined, the first two films in The Divergent Series have grossed more than $500 million worldwide.

Daniels can be seen coming up in Ridley Scott’s science fiction The Martian. Set for a November 25 release, The Martian also stars Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Michael Pena, Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Davis. After that, Daniels will be playing former Apple CEO John Sculley in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic.

Allegiant – Part 1 will hit theaters on March 18, 2016 with Allegiant – Part 2 following on March 24, 2017.

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