Theo James Talks Chemistry with Yahoo on the Set of Divergent

Yahoo have shared this video and article from their visit to the Divergent set earlier this year. In the video Theo talks about landing the role of Four and jokes about his chemistry with Shailene

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“What’s up gurrrl?” Theo James says as Shailene Woodley strolls by on the set of “Divergent,” his eyebrows going in all directions.

This cheeky flirtation is in stark contrast to the cold, grey buildings surrounding us on the site of Abnegation, the “selfless” faction of the film’s futuristic society, in downtown Chicago.

Seeing as he was a virtually unknown actor – well, except for that small but unforgettable turn on “Downton Abbey” – before being cast in the coveted role of Four, the big love interest for Woodley’s Tris, it should be a relief for fans to see such chemistry. And the jokes didn’t stop there.

“I took her out to McDonalds and we had two shakes,” he said when we asked if they did anything to build their relationship. After expressing our own shock that they didn’t just order one shake with two straws, he added, “We didn’t do that – we thought that was too cliché.”

Touché. But, according to director Neil Burger, it was James’s strength, not his sense of humor, that won him the coveted role.

“Shai is a really fierce actress and so we needed somebody who was even stronger than her. A lot of times, Shai would push forward and the guys we were auditioning would go back,” he said of the audition process. “With Theo, it’s like no, no, she steps back. He’s just a really strong guy and a really great actor as well.”

We had the opportunity to witness some of Woodley’s fierceness firsthand, as we watched her and Ashley Judd, who plays her mother, shoot an intense action sequence that had them running, guns in hand, throughout the Abnegation neighborhood. In the scene, we see Tris – who was raised in Abnegation but opted to defect and become part of Dauntless, which is essentially the society’s brave, military faction – evolve into something of a leader, even as she learns a shocking truth about her family.

“I love that Tris is an incredibly strong woman, young adolescent, but she’s not anything extra-spectacular or extra-superior over anyone else,” Woodley explained. “She’s very normal in a lot of ways and I think that there’s something really beautiful about exploring what it’s like to be a normal teenager in a dystopian, futuristic world.”

“Tris is somebody who starts out, she’s a really unexpected character,” Burger said after describing his star as “one of the best actresses of her generation.” Nobody thinks Tris is going to be tough enough to fight and to make it in Dauntless, he explained. “And then she turns out to be this real badass.

“In a way, Shailene’s the same way.”

Divergent” hits theaters on March 21.


Theo James Lands Role in ‘Franny’ Alongside Dakota Fanning and Richard Gere


Theo has just landed another role, this time in upcoming movie ‘Franny’. The movie also stars Dakota Fanning and Richard Gere.

Deadline reports:

Dakota Fanning and Theo James have been set to star in indie drama Franny opposite Richard Gere. Fanning will take on the role of Olivia and James will play Luke in the pic from writer-director Andrew Renzi, which centers on a gregarious hedonist (Gere) who finds a renewed sense of purpose by desperately ingratiating himself into the lives of a young couple. Treehouse Pictures, Thomas B. Fore, Jason Michael Berman and Jay Schuminsky are producing, with Shelley Browning, Michael Diamond, Ruth Mutch and John Friedberg exec producing. Shooting is set to begin October 21 in Philadelphia. Fanning will next be seen in Amy Berg’s Every Secret Thing. James is set to star in Summit’s next YA franchise Divergent opposite Shailene Woodley. Fanning is repped by WME and Echo Lake Management; James by WME in the U.S. and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the UK.

We for one are excited to see Theo landing all these new roles!

Theo is currently filming London Fields, an adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel.



First Look of Theo James in ‘London Fields’ with Amber Heard


A short while ago, Producer Christopher Hanley, shared this photo on his twitter, of Theo James and Amber Heard, as Guy Clinch and Nicola Six in the adaptation of Martin Amis’s ‘London Fields’.

It’s certainly exciting to see Theo in his latest role, and since filming has only been going on a short while, we’re sure there’s more photos like this to come!


Theo James to Star Alongside Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton in ‘London Fields’


It has been announced that Theo James has been cast in the adaptation of Martin Amis’ novel, London Fields. He will star alongside Amber Heard and Billy Bob Thornton.

Deadline reports:

EXCLUSIVE: Production is getting underway today in London on an adaptation of the Martin Amis novel London Fields. Mathew Cullen makes his feature directing debut on the adaptation of the futuristic murder mystery that Amis adapted with Roberta Hanley. Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, and Theo James are starring. Heard plays the ultimate eternal sexual femme fatale, possessed of unusual beauty and hypnotic magnetism. Mysterious and clairvoyant, she sets a plan in motion to fulfill the prophecy of her own murder. Caught up in Nicola’s plan are a terminally ill writer (Thornton), a lowly street hustler (Sturgess) and an unhappily married banker (James), who become intertwined in a love triangle that unfolds in the grimy underbelly of London. Samson convinces Nicola to let him document her manipulations in a book she says will be his literary masterpiece but only she knows who the tale will end and who her killer will be.

The film is produced by Chris Hanley of Muse Productions, Jordan Gertner of Hero Entertainment, and Geyer Kosinski of Media Talent Group. A co-production with Demarest Films, the film will be ready for release next year and IM Global is handling worldwide sales.

Cullen has directed and produced more than 100 commercials and music videos and he helmed the prologue of Pacific Rim through Mirada, the creative studio he co-founded with Guillermo del Toro, Guillermo Navaro (who is DP on London Fields) and Javier Jiminez. Musical acts he has made videos for include Weezer and The Black Eyed Peas. The 23-year old also founded the commercials production company Motion Theory.