It’s Divergent release week, which means that it’s pretty much mandatory that we fill you in on the ins and outs of all things related to the book-turned-movie. And we think we’ve been doing a good job of that, if we do say so ourselves. Between the exclusive interviews and premiere pictures, we’re all over it. So it’s only fitting that we let you in on a little (not-so-much) secret — Theo James wasn’t the only person considered for the part of Tobias “Four” Eaton.
While Shailene Woodley has mentioned in passing that she was really the only person the studio wanted to play Tris, her love interest was up in the air for a long time. We even had a whole game dedicated to the casting process! While we totally believe that Summit made the right choice by casting the British heartthrob, we thought we’d fill you in on ten other hot actors who were considered for (or at least rumored to play) the coveted role…
Rumors were swirling that the hottie was "confirmed" for the part, but obviously that didn't pan out. Would've been kinda cool, though, considering he was #4 in I Am Number Four.
We were thisclose to believing that the gorgeous human would portray one of our all-time faves. He had "good news" around the time he followed Veronica Roth on Twitter, so that clearly meant he got the part, right? NOPE. Instead, the good news was that he was cast on Arrow.
The villain from The Hunger Games confirmed that he screen-tested for the flick, but later admitted that it was his role as Cato that solidified his rejection in Divergent, "i will not be. Too similar to hunger games but i hope fans are happy with how the rest of the casting goes!"
In our interview with the star, he said, "I auditioned for Four originally. And then there was some thought that I was gonna play Eric, so I was kinda thinking about that. Then, literally the next day, they said, 'This part of Peter we'd love to offer you.'"
Although the cute Aussie didn't snag the part opposite Shailene Woodley, he's doing just fine. He's got Maleficent and The Giver coming out this year!
We picture him as every YA book love interest, but the studio was really pushing for someone older. Sigh. Hopefully, your time will come eventually, LT.
He was a fan favorite in all the polls. He even addressed it on Twitter, "There sure is a lot of tweeting from you guys about this Divergent project. You guys think its going to be a good movie do ya?" We all know how it turned out, though.
After his casting in Transformers: Age of Extinction, he was out of the running for the other franchise.
The War Horse actor was a front-runner for a long time. Not sure what happened there.
He's masculine enough, for sure. Guess Theo was just... better.