It’s Friday, which means it’s the second week of Casting Call. This week we’re tackling the upcoming adaptation of ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth. Unlike last week when we all picked a complete slate of actors to play the main characters, this week we’re diversifying. Each of us has two different characters to cast, and I landed my favorite two guys in the book (huzzah!): Four and Uriah. But you can’t just stop here. You simply must check out the rest of the cast: YA Crush (Tris and Mr. Prior), The Grown-Up YA (Will and Eric), Gone Pecan (Caleb and Peter) and The Book Addict’s Guide (Christina and Mrs. Prior)
Nicholas Hoult as “Four”
I didn’t have to think too hard to pick Nicholas Hoult, because he captures the edgy intensity that Four displays as a Dauntless instructor who takes a shine to Tris. The very first thing that Tris notices about Four is his blue, blue eyes, and one glance at the picture makes it obvious how mesmerizing Hoult’s baby blues are (just ask his love Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss in “The Hunger Games”). Hoult has been acting since he was little (remember the pudgy kid in “About a Boy”?), and as an adolescent he proved his acting chops in the U.K. series “Skins,” the Oscar-nominated drama “A Single Man,” and most recently his turn as a young “Beast” in “X-Men: First Class.” Because he can be both dead sexy and dead serious; because he can summon a vulnerability or a cocky self-confidence; because he would have killer chemistry with the Tris that Tee has picked, Hoult is my “Four.”
Michael B. Jordan as Uriah
Uriah is a Dauntless-born initiate into the Dauntless Faction. That means he was basically born to be fearless. Physically he’s described as incredibly handsome with bronzed brown skin, dark eyes, and an infectious, irresistible smile. Not only is he brave, but he’s got an eye for the ladies, knows how to make people laugh, and is an all-around great guy. I have been following Jordan’s career since he played young Wallace on the first season of HBO’s “The Wire.” He was also on the last two seasons of “Friday Night Lights,” proving once again that the casting director on that series was a genius. Jordan would be perfect as Uriah.
Don’t bother testing either of these actors, just offer them the roles, “Divergent” producers!
Honesty Clause: In our development of this feature we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays.” Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities is purely coincidental. Also, you should check out their casting because it rocks!