'Allegiant' Premiere: Theo James, Naomi Watts Talk Characters' Expanded Roles in Third 'Divergent' Movie
Four and Evelyn each go on their own journeys in the penultimate film in the franchise.
After reuniting in the second Divergent movie Insurgent, Four (Theo James) and his mother, Evelyn (Naomi Watts), go off on their own different paths in the third movie in the series, Allegiant, which hits theaters Friday. And they both have larger roles in Allegiant than they did in the previous film.
As trailers for Allegiant have shown, in the third film it's revealed that while Tris (Shailene Woodley) is genetically "pure," Four is "damaged," creating an issue for the lovers. As they learn more about what's on the other side of the wall, they go off on their own adventures, with Four in several big fight scenes.
James teased that separation between Tris and Four on the red carpet ahead of Monday night's Allegiant premiere in New York, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "They start going their different ways for the first time in the third movie. They actually disagree fundamentally about something."
One additional role that Four takes on in the third book, that of co-narrator, doesn't carry over to the movie. But that didn't stop James from joking about that on the red carpet, saying of the third pic, "He narrates it as well," before smiling and adding, "No, he doesn't really."
As for Evelyn, a clip of the film shows that she seems to have her own antagonistic agenda, at least when it comes to Octavia Spencer's Amity faction leader.
"I think it's been a fun ride so far. Her journey's … gotten a little more corrupt. Her thirst for power has developed over time," Watts told THR. "I think she really wants to get control of Chicago and she's bumping heads with Octavia's character, who's the head of Amity, and you see a more corrupt streak within her. But she still wrestles with that and the need to resolve her relationship with her son. She's not pure evil. She's got a streak there, which is fun to play."
Other Allegiant stars spotted at the premiere included Woodley, Miles Teller, Jeff Daniels, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz and Maggie Q, who was accompanied by fiance Dylan McDermott. Novelist Veronica Roth was also on hand. as were a number of the film's producers and director Robert Schwentke, who recently exited the upcoming fourth film, Ascendant, despite directing both Insurgent and Allegiant.
Guests like Jaden Smith and the "Damn, Daniel" video stars also made the scene.
Inside the theater, Woodley and James briefly introduced the film before bringing up an opera singer to belt out "Happy Birthday to You" to Elgort, who was celebrating his birthday last night.