In 2014, Theo James was cast in what many consider to be his breakout role: playing Four in the “Divergent” movies. Based on the popular young adult book series by Veronica Roth of the same name, the story followed Tris (played by Shailene Woodley), who was an independent thinker and secret “divergent” in a dystopian Chicago comprised of four factions. James played her mentor and love interest, Four, who was also secretly divergent, meaning they had the ability to reject the government’s serums and mind control. While the first movies found success at the box office, their popularity faltered, series star Woodley quit, and the fourth film in the franchise was canceled, according to Cinema Blend.
James continued acting in small projects, finding some success in voice acting. He is the voice of Hector in the popular “Castlevania” animated series on Netflix and also voiced Rek’yr in 2019’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.“ He also starred in the Netflix film “This Is How It Ends.” He most recently appeared as Sidney in the British historical drama television series “Sandition,” which is based on an unfinished work by Jane Austen. After the PBS Masterpiece show, which was initially canceled, was surprisingly renewed for a second and third season, James announced he wouldn’t return, saying on social media, “Although I relished playing Sidney, for me, I’ve always maintained that his journey concluded as I wanted it to. The broken fairy-tale like ending between Charlotte and Sidney is different, unique and so interesting to me and I wish the cast and crew of ‘Sanditon’ ever success with future series.”
James’s fans — known as Theologians (via Facebook)— shouldn’t worry. He’s already busy filming his latest role in an HBO series based on another popular book.