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'Divergent' fans get sneak peek of 'Insurgent' sequel

By Henry Hanks, CNN
updated 2:44 PM EST, Sat December 13, 2014
Peter Jackson's journey through his adaptation of "The Hobbit" has been unexpectedly long, as what was intended to be a two-part project was broken up into three movies. The first two, "An Unexpected Journey" and "The Desolation of Smaug," opened in 2012 and 2013. The final installment, "The Battle of the Five Armies," opens December 17. By now, Hollywood's proven that massive franchises aren't <i>all </i>bad, and the form has become so commonplace that studios are able to plan their movie release dates years into the future. So if you're curious about what you'll be watching in theaters come 2019, here's a hint: You've already seen it. Peter Jackson's journey through his adaptation of "The Hobbit" has been unexpectedly long, as what was intended to be a two-part project was broken up into three movies. The first two, "An Unexpected Journey" and "The Desolation of Smaug," opened in 2012 and 2013. The final installment, "The Battle of the Five Armies," opens December 17. By now, Hollywood's proven that massive franchises aren't all bad, and the form has become so commonplace that studios are able to plan their movie release dates years into the future. So if you're curious about what you'll be watching in theaters come 2019, here's a hint: You've already seen it.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Insurgent" trailer gives first look at sequel to 2014 hit film "Divergent"
  • Shailene Woodley sports much shorter hair as she returns to lead role of Tris
  • "Insurgent" promises more action this time

(CNN) -- The first film adaptation of Veronica Roth's "Divergent" novels was one of the most popular new Hollywood franchises of 2014, grossing more than $150 million at the domestic box office.

Now, fans can close out the year with a look at the much-anticipated sequel, "Insurgent," which is due out March 2015.

Shailene Woodley reprises the role of Tris, a teen living in a dystopian future where people are divided into categories based on character attributes. Tris and her fellow "divergents," who don't fit into any of the categories, continue their struggle to survive as Jeanine Matthews (played by Kate Winslet) hunts them down.

A trailer released this week shows a greater emphasis on action scenes this go-around. Fans of the trilogy might also notice that Tris has a pixie cut in this installment, even though the character's hair is not that short in the book.

Woodley says director Robert Schwentke granted her request to keep her naturally short hair -- which she cut for her role in another young adult novel adaptation, "The Fault in Our Stars" -- instead of wearing a wig.

"I think wigs always look wiggy, especially in an action movie," Woodley told Buzzfeed.

What do you think of the new trailer? Will you go back for part two?

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