Theo James is Dauntless in His Upcoming Endeavors
Theo James may just be coming into his own as the latest teen heartthrob to make tween girls (and their mothers) swoon in his role as Four in "Divergent," but he is certainly no stranger to acting. Theo has been around for a few years, though, until now, most of his work has been on the British small screen. Born in Oxford, England, the 29-year-old's first major film was "Underworld: The Awakening." However, "Divergent" is his first starring role. It is clear that, given the box office success of "Divergent" so far and the projects James already has lined up over the next couple of years, he has no more room in his schedule for television anymore. Though he does admit to being a bit nervous about his prospective breakout, he projects a laid-back, introspective coolness that, no doubt, contributes to his appeal and downplays his very bright future. He confesses that he has always wanted to be an actor, and he has to be very satisfied with how things are going so far. However, he has to be even happier with he plans to do next.
Later this year, fans can catch Theo starring opposite Dakota Fanning and Richard Gere in "Franny." In the film, Theo plays newly married Luke. Luke and his new bride Olivia (Fanning) find their honeymoon somewhat short-lived when Franny (Gere), a somewhat demented philanthropist eager to relive his past, begins to meddle in their personal lives. The film, directed by short film and documentary great Andrew Renzi, who is making his feature-length directorial debut, is currently in post-production. A release date has not yet been announced. However, given Theo's success and rising popularity, eager studio executives will no doubt announce one soon.
Of course, Divergent is just the first installment in the trilogy. Theo is slated to appear as Four in all three films. "Insurgent" is due in 2015, and "Allegiant" is to play in 2016. During an interview with Collider, Theo said that he enjoys being part of the "Divergent" trilogy because it is a character series as well as an action series. Theo believes that you have to love a character to play him three times over, and, thankfully, it seems he does love Four. He proudly discusses Four's dark side and says he set out to make the character stand apart from other young adult heroes by making someone who could definitely be very dangerous as well as heroic. He describes "Four" as "iconic" and a bit "old school," both qualities that appeal to him, and says he hopes audiences take away messages of self-determination and choice. Although there is nothing on the horizon with co-star Shailene Woodley beyond the "Divergent" trilogy, Theo says that he would not mind working with her many times over in the future. He is excited about working with a new director on "Insurgent." Robert Schwentke will take over the reins from "Divergent" director Neil Burger. Theo describes Schwentke as "cool."
As synonymous as Theo's name is with "Divergent" now, another project in which audiences will be able to catch Theo later this year is the much-talked-about "London Fields." The film has been in Hollywood buzz for months because it is the film in which Johnny Depp and his now-fiancée Amber Heard met. Ironically, though he is responsible for getting people talking about the film, Depp plays second fiddle to Theo in "London Fields," in which he is billed in the starring role of Guy Clinch. Clinch is an affluent financial professional who begins an affair with writer Nicola Six, who is trying to solve her murder, which hasn't happened yet. The film is based on the novel of the same name and is currently in post-production.
Although Theo acknowledges that doing three back-to-back films somewhat limits his ability to take on other projects, he has certainly managed to fill his plate for at least the next couple of years and establish critical credentials as a leading film actor. Already, GQ has labeled him the next Robert Pattison or the next Leonardo DiCaprio. Magazines featuring him on the cover are flying off of shelves, and reporters are lining up to get to know a little bit more Theo, who says that if he was a Harry Potter character and attended Hogwarts, he'd be in Slytherin. Perhaps this reveals a bit of a sneaky, resourceful side that will help Theo figure how to move even more new projects onto the horizon as he moves toward becoming a household name.