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Comic-Con 2013: First Footage From Young Adult Sensation ‘Divergent’ Shown to Fans

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Comic-Con 2013: First Footage From Young Adult Sensation ‘Divergent’ Shown to Fans

'Divergent' stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley (Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

The first footage from the upcoming film "Divergent" premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday before thousands of fans of the young adult series of novels from author Veronica Roth, even though the movie just finished shooting a few days ago.

The novel, which spent more than 20 months on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold over three million copies, so anticipation for the big-screen adaptation was running high at Comic-Con's cavernous Hall H. The story revolves around the character Triss, played by Shailene Woodley, who leaves her family behind to join a tribe who adventure across a dystopian Chicago set about 100 years in the future.

Fans got a sneak peek at the film, directed by Neil Burger ("Limitless"), where stars Woodley and Zoe Kravitz are seen riding a train in a futuristic Chicago.  The pair leap from the train to the top of a broken down seven story building in order to join other aspiring members of the Dauntless, a tribe of individuals in the city known for the bravery. "There are green screen ways to to that," Burger said, "but they really climbed atop a train and jumped from it."

The group is then challenged to dive from the rooftop into a cavernous opening more than a hundred feet below. Woodley's character Triss volunteers to go first, landing in a net below.

"What, did you get pushed?" asks Four, a fellow member of the Dauntless played by Theo James.

The rest of the footage then showcased a training montage in which Triss stands against a wall while Four throws a series of knives at her head.

"I think Triss is a very normal girl," Woodley says of her character. "I never saw her as an action star or a super hero. She's kind of a normal girl who has to find herself through these extraordinary situations."

After a series of scenes showing Triss climbing a giant Ferris Wheel, boxing and throwing her own knives at a target, Four says, "Maybe you do belong here."

"Divergent" is scheduled to hit theaters on March 21, 2014.