British Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet will star in the young-adult film “Divergent,” based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, Reuters reports.
The 24-year-old Roth is among the latest writers to have a trilogy move to the silver screen.
Winslet, 37, will portray the unlikeable Matthews in the film that is set in a dystopian future, Film studio Summit Entertainment said on Thursday.
"Divergent" takes place in a world divided into five different divisions that determine how people must live their lives.
The people, known as Abnegation, are selfless, while another group, Erudite, are obsessed with themselves and the pursuit of knowledge. Matthews, Winslet’s character, is the Erudite leader.
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The film also features Shailene Woodley, 21, and Theo James, 28.
"Divergent," set for release in March 2014, should appeal to fans of "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games."
The five "Twilight" films, which involve a vampire, a young girl and a werewolf, have earned more than $3.3 billion at the box office.
Film studio Lions Gate Entertainment, which released "The Hunger Games" in March 2012, grossed more than $690 million worlwide last year.
The second "Hunger Games" film is scheduled for release in November 2013.
E! Online added that Zoë Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Maggie Q and Aaron Eckhart are said to be in that film, with Eckhart playing heroine Beatrice Prior's father, Andrew.