The Divergent cast includes fan-favorite stars Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer – who are both currently starring in hit television shows. Q, who leads as the title role in Nikita, is also known for her role in J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible III, in which she starred alongside Tom Cruise and in Live Free or Die Hard with Bruce Willis. A strong action star, Q is aptly cast as a divergent, Tori, an exotic tattoo artist who is in the faction Dauntless. She acts as a mentor to Tris (Shailene Woodley).
Phifer, whose character, Max is at the top of the Dauntless leadership, took a break from shooting the Showtime series, House of Lies to film Divergent in Chicago. His movie credits include: Spike Lee’s Clockers with Harvey Keitel and John Turturro, Dawn of the Dead opposite Ving Rhames, and in Curtis Hanson’s critically acclaimed 8 Mile with Eminem.
Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent is based on the novels penned by Veronica Roth. Screen Rant sits down with Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer – to discuss the fascination with futuristic thrillers and which faction they would select!
MORE (Interview video can be found at the link)
Screenrant.com Divergent Interview
Nikita’s Maggie Q Lands Lead Role In Kevin Williamson’s CBS Stalker Pilot
After toplining The CW’s tenacious action thriller Nikita for four low-rated seasons, it appears that Maggie Q has landed her next television gig, with news today that The Following creator Kevin Williamson has signed her for a leading role in his still-untitled stalker pilot at CBS.
Q, who also co-starred in Live Free or Die Hard and has a major role in this week’s Divergent, will star in the pilot alongside American Horror Story alum Dylan McDermott, whose involvement was concerned back in February. The actress will play Detective Beth Davis, the “opinionated and obsessive, workaholic division captain of LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit,” according to Deadline. The show, which CBS is aiming to pick up for premiere during the 2014-15 fall season, will also use narration from Q’s character.
Meanwhile, McDermott is set to play Detective Jack Larsen, a recent addition to the TAU from New York. Larsen is described as a whip-smart, highly confident detective with a checkered past he’s eager to leave behind.
Few details have emerged about the specific cases that Davis, Larsen and the TAU will be taking on, but Williamson isn’t known for his procedurals, so I’d expect to see a big bad cast within the next month or so. Stalking is an inherently creepy subject, so if Williamson can craft an exciting story around the TAU, he’ll likely have another hit on his hands.
Like Williamson’s FOX program The Following, currently in its second season, the project will be a dark psychological thriller. If CBS picks the show up for a standard season order (which seems very likely given Williamson’s current ratings powerhouses The Vampire Diaries and The Following), it will become Williamson’s third active project on as many networks, an impressive feat indeed.
As always, we’ll keep you posted as more news about this show is announced.
Nikita Season 2 – Promotional Photoshoot
New York, I Love You On Set Photos
Maggie Q urges Taiwanese officials to shut down puppy experiments
Actress Maggie Q is spearheading a new campaign aimed at halting a planned rabies experiment in Taiwan, which will claim the lives of puppies.
Officials at the Taiwanese Council of Agriculture are planning to inject rabies into beagle puppies and watch as they succumb to partial paralysis, anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, painful muscle spasms and eventually death in a bid to understand what the disease does to animals and how it might be halted.
The experiment has appalled dog lovers throughout Taiwan and now activists at The Physicians Committee, a non-profit of 10,000 concerned doctors, have attacked the plans, and they’ve called on the Live Free & Die Hard star to help them shut down the injections.
Spokesperson Carrie Clyne tells WENN, “This all started when a rabid ferret badger bit a puppy and the puppy died. The experts then decided it was time to experiment of the beagle puppies, which caused a public outcry. It would make a lot more sense for people to vaccinate their pets against rabies.”
Animal lover Maggie Q, who has filmed in Taiwan, agreed to help the organisation fight the planned injections and she has written a letter to the COA in a bid to stop the experiments.
She writes, “I strongly believe that the lives of animals matter and that we must not cause harm to one to protect another when the only result will be to prove what has already been repeatedly demonstrated.”
Clyne adds, “It is already well known that rabies can infect warm-blooded animals, so these experiments will prove nothing.”
‘Nikita’ season 4: Maggie Q teases what’s ahead for the series
“Nikita” will have the main character on the run on CW when the next season picks. On Wednesday, Aug. 14, KSiteTV shared a new interview with Maggie about the upcoming fourth and final season. Check out previously released photos of the cast at this link.
Nikita is on the run and trying to clear her name after Amanda managed to get her blamed for an assassination. Things will be very different for the former Division spy. In fact, season four might be darker and sadder for Nikita than season one was for the character, according to the actress. Maggie Q teased the following:
2012 Public Appearances Photos
 May 12th – WildAid Charity Gala
 May 17th – The CW Network’s 2012 Upfront
 June 28th – Nikita Season 2 Tokyo Preview
 July 12th – 2012 Comic-Con International – Nikita Panel
 October 18th – Extra @ The Grove
2006 Public Appearances Photos
 September 20th – 13th Annual Premiere Women in Hollywood
 October 15th – 11th Pusan International Film Festival – Three Kingdoms Resurrection of the Dragon Premiere
 October 15th – 11th Pusan International Film Festival – Three Kingdoms Resurrection of the Dragon Party
Divergent Adds Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz and Maggie Q
Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard) have joined the cast of Neil Burger’s Divergent, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter.
Shailene Woodley is already set to lead the adventure, which centers around the monumental choice of deciding who you are and discovering who you can be. Set in a future where America is divided into five ideological factions to stabilize society and uphold peace, every citizen must choose a permanent faction at age 16 – either their own or another. Struggling to survive her initiation into the most aggressive and physically demanding of the factions, Beatrice “Tris” Prior must uncover her true hidden strengths and risk her family, her new found love, and her very own life to defuse a mysterious conspiracy which could change the balance of power forever.
Q will play Tori, a tattoo artist that befriends Tris while Kravitz plays another of Tris’ allies, Christina. Elgort, meanwhile, will play Tris’ twin brother, Caleb.
Divergent is planned to hit theaters on March 21, 2014 with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher producing via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian.
Nikita Season 2 Episode Stills
 2×01 Game Changer (Stills)
 2×03 Knightfall (Stills)
 2×04 Partners (Stills)
 2×05 Looking Glass (Stills)
 2×06 Walnut Lane (Stills)
 2×16 Doublecross (Stills)