‘Bedlam’ Star Theo James Nabs Coveted Lead as Four in ‘Divergent’

Theo James (Photo: Scott Gries/Invision/AP Images)

Theo James (Photo: Scott Gries/Invision/AP Images)

The title “Golden Boy” is becoming very appropriate for Theo James, star of CBS’ crime drama of the same name. The British actor, who got his start on BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday series Bedlam and played the ill-fated Kemal Pamuk on Downton Abbey, has captured his biggest role yet, winning the male lead as Tobias “Four” Eaton in Divergent, a film adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s successful YA novel. The series is thought to be the next Hunger Games-esque phenomenon, and many outlets are speculating that the part could catapult James to Hollywood’s A-list. Neil Berger (Limitless) is directing, and The DescendantsShailene Woodley has already been cast as the protagonist Beatrice “Tris” Prior opposite James, and Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, and Maggie Q are among the stars also attached.

James told Entertainment Weekly, who broke the news, “As a fan of Divergent, I am thrilled to have been chosen for the role of Four and to be a part of such a phenomenal story. As an actor, I am excited to explore and play this incredibly complex and mysterious character. Director Neil Berger is a remarkably visionary filmmaker. Along with the incredibly talented Shailene Woodley, we are looking forward to the fantastic adventure of bringing this beloved book to life on the big screen for all the fans.”

Divergent is a coming-of-age story for Beatrice (Woodley), who lives in a futuristic society that has been divided in five tribes based on personalities and beliefs. Beatrice doesn’t appear to fit into any of the groups, making her a “divergent” and thus marked for elimination. “Four” (James) is a member of the Dauntless tribe and becomes her mentor and protector.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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