As if you needed another reason to watch the sequel to Divergent, Octavia Spencer has joined the cast! She’ll be starring as Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, as Deadline reports. It’s a far cry from her The Help days, but we think the Academy Award winner is more than capable of pulling off the high-profile role.
Insurgent will be the second of four movies in the Divergent franchise, based on the best-selling young adult series of the same name. The films already have plenty of star power in the form of Kate Winslet, Theo James, and leading lady Shailene Woodley. All three will be returning for movie No. 2, which is set to hit theaters March 20, 2015.
The first movie, which premiered in March 2014, has already grossed more than $250 million, making it Lionsgate’s highest-earning domestic release since The Hunger Games. And to think Jennifer Lawrence told Shailene she had to take the role of Tris Prior!
Octavia’s been a particularly busy lady recently. She’s got three different projects in post-production and three others in pre-production, including Insurgent and new Fox drama Red Band Society. Hope you’re getting the help you need, O!
What do you make of the casting? Think Octavia’s a perfect fit? Or did you have someone else in mind?