Australian Actor Keiynan Lonsdale Joins 'Insurgent' as Uriah

Keiynan Lonsdale
Keiynan Lonsdale
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In one of the final castings for YA sequel Insurgent, Australian singer-dancer-actor Keiynan Lonsdale has joined the film as Uriah.

Summit's follow-up to Divergent sees the return of Shailene Woodley and Theo James as citizens in a futuristic world where people are divided into groups (aka factions) based on certain values. Robert Schwentke is directing the sequel -- currently shooting in Atlanta -- from a script by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman.

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The sequel, set for release on March 20, 2015, sees most of the cast returning, including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney and Zoe Kravitz. Among the new additions are Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Naomi Watts, Daniel Dae Kim, Rosa Salazar and Jonny Weston.

The story follows Tris (Woodley) and Four (James), now fugitives on the run, who must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.

Uriah is a Dauntless-born initiate who is very close with Marlene (Waterhouse) and Lynn (Salazar). While the character appeared in the first book, Divergent, he was omitted from the first film, and will make his first appearance in Insurgent.

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Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are executive producing through their Mandeville Films banner along with Neil Burger and Barry Waldman.

Erik Feig, co-president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, and Gillian Bohrer, Lionsgate’s executive vp production and development, are overseeing the project for the studio.

Lonsdale is a newcomer to American audiences, but was a series regular on the TV series Dance Academy. He's repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and Morrissey Management Australia.

The first film based on Veronica Roth's popular YA series, Divergent, opened in March, going on to earn $267 million worldwide. The third and fourth installments in the series, Allegiant: Part 1 and Allegiant: Part 2 are slated for release March 18, 2016, and March 24, 2017, respectively.

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