Friday 7 February 2014

Vanity Fair Magazine Spotlight - DIVERGENT's Theo James (March 2014)

DIVERGENT star Theo James is spotlighted in the March 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, looking his usual handsome self in this awesome new photoshoot, and chatting about the basics of the upcoming movie along with Director Neil Burger. Read the short feature below, and don't forget to pick up your copy!

Vanity Fair: "Its about how you deal with fear, how you respond to it, how you can conquer it," says Theo James of the movie DIVERGENT, opening March 21st, based on Veronica Roth's 2011 novel of the same name. The 29 year old James stars as Four (or Tobias), opposite Shailene Woodley's Tris.

"The movie's set in Chicago in a post-global-war dystopian future, and I'm the male head of Dauntless [initiate training], one of five factions," James continues.

A graduate of England's University of Nottingham, with a degree in philosophy, and later trained at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre School, James wanted to bring "a quiet masculinity, a Paul Newman sense of a leader with stillness," to the role. "Tris breaks the mold; she doesnt fit into one category. There is a plot to wipe out 'divergent's', so it's about her desperate bid for survival and how you split people into different ways of thinking. It's not just a love story."

Director Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) says of James, "He is that rare thing: a true leading man. I needed a real man to play opposite Shailene, who's a fierce, strong actress, and Theo has a powerful presence; if he takes a step forward, you take a step back. He plays a badass fighter, he's incredibly tough, but in the slightest movement or gesture, there's vulnerability."

James (who had a brief but memorable appearance as Mr Pamuk in Season One of Downton Abbey) says he "clicked friendship- and chemistry-wise with Shailene immediately, so we kept that anchor of human nature in each scene."

A dystopian future looks highly unlikely for Theo James.

Scan from the magazine:


  1. Am excited! A big Theo James/Divergent fan over here!!

  2. My God if I lived close to him, I would kidnap him.