‘Divergent’ Finds Its Leading Man, Tobias Eaton (a.k.a. Four), in Theo James

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The search is finally over. We went crazy, fan casting and polling readers (where it came down to Dean Geyer and Drew Roy in the end). But now, the role of Tobias “Four” Eaton in the book-to-movie adaptation of Divergent has finally been filled. Except it’s not by anyone we would’ve guessed…

According to Entertainment Weekly, the coveted part’s been snatched up by Theo James, an actor known for his one-time stint on Downton Abbey and as the lead on CBS’ Golden Boy. The 28-year-old says of 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.”

The co-chairmen of Lionsgate add, “Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica [Roth]’s novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.”

So far, Teen.com readers are not enthused:

But what do you think of the casting choice? Who did you picture as Four? Tell us in the comments below, or on our Divergent message board!

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