Stars walk the red carpet for the Canadian premiere of The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Movie bad guys Mekhi Phifer and Jai Courtney defend their characters at the film's Toronto premiere
Insurgent, the highly-anticipated second instalment in the wildly popular Divergent series, had its Canadian premiere last Tuesday night in Toronto, drawing some of the film's stars to the red carpet.
The sci-fi adventure, based on the second book in Veronica Roth's bestselling dystopian young adult novel trilogy,centres on Tris and Four (played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James) who are now fugitives on the run in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago.
The city's faction system—in which citizens are divided into five groups based on personality traits— is crumbling and everyone is clamouring for power.
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet reprises her role as Jeanine, the leader of the power-hungry Erudite faction, who will stop at nothing to hunt down Tris and Four.
"He's a complex character ... [he's] very insecure," Courtney told CBC's Deana Sumanac-johnson. "But, yah, he's definitely a villain," he admitted.
"People always describe him as bad," said Phifer. "But I think he really believes in his code. I think he believes in the code of [bringing] order. Obviously, society is going toward disorder and I think he's really holding onto the future of mankind."
Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Ashley Judd round out a cast that's bursting with rising stars, like The Fault in Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort and Whiplash's Miles Teller.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens in theatres on Friday.
Watch Deana Sumanac-Johnson's interviews with the stars in the video above