Scene from ‘Divergent’ sequel filmed in Coweta

by Sarah Fay Campbell

A scene for the movie “Insurgent” – the second film in the “Divergent” series, was filmed Thursday in a pasture on Roscoe Road, in Coweta near the Fulton County line.

The first film in the series, “Divergent,” premiered in March and quickly went to number one at the box office. It grossed $56 million worldwide, and has received several award nominations and won an MTV Movie Award and several Teen Choice Awards.

The trilogy takes place in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago, where society is divided into five factions based on dominant character traits. Those who show attributes of multiple factions are considered “Divergent,” and are seen as threats to the social order.

The main character in the series, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, is a Divergent.

The scene only took a few hours, said homeowner Meredith Wilson. Crews filmed what is supposed to be train cars from the train that travels between the different factions. “They just wanted some landscaping for the train to go by,” Wilson said. There will be computer graphics added to the scene, she said. The train cars, which “almost looked like cages,” were on a trailer.

“They just notified me the day before yesterday,” Wilson said. “I was definitely interested.”

She’s had two previous films shot in her pasture – the 1990 film “Decoration Day,” starring James Garner, and a made for television movie, “Field of Vision,” in 2011.

Wilson has learned quite a lot about the film industry over the years. Her son, Austin, who lives in Seattle, is a filmmaker and has made several commercials, including a commercial for Intel that is currently being broadcast.

The films are based on the “Divergent” series of books by American novelist Veronica Roth: “Divergent,” “Insurgent,” and “Allegiant,” published in 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively.

Most filming for the first movie took place in Chicago, but “Insurgent” is being filmed in Georgia. According to “Wikipedia,” filming began May 27 in Atlanta, and the movie is set to be released March 20, 2015.

Meanwhile, crews for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” have been filming in Peachtree City this week. Filming required road and cart path closures.

Nighttime filming of “The Walking Dead," is planned for today in the Senoia/Haralson area, Sept. 2 on Dead Oak Road and Sept. 3 on Gordon Road.



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