‘Divergent’ Actor to Star in Debate Team Movie ‘A Sort of Homecoming’ (Exclusive)

Parker Mack, who plays Sam Robertson in Summit’s big-budget tentpole, has landed the male lead in the independent film

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 6:52 PM

“Divergent” actor Parker Mack is set to star alongside Disney Channel veterans Laura Marano and Katherine McNamara in the indie movie “A Sort of Homecoming,” TheWrap has learned.

Maria Burton is directing from a script by Lynn Reed, who is producing with Marcus Brown, Yvette Brown and Sean Rankin.

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Story follows a Amy Harrigan, a news producer who is successful but withdrawn as a result of problems stemming from a national debate tournament in high school. Marano will play Amy as a teenager.

Mack will play heartbreaker Nick Stevenson, a star debater who teams up with Amy at debate camp before the two end up competing for a national championship. However, Nick’s father seems intent upon sabotaging him every step of the way, turning Nick into an emotionally-closed and volatile individual who may ultimately destroy Amy’s chance to succeed, as well as his own.

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In “Divergent,” Mack plays Sam Robertson, one of three new characters in the movie that don’t appear in Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel. The St. Louis-born actor, who has also appeared on Dick Wolf’s NBC series “Chicago Fire,” is represented by Paradigm, Management By Morgan, Strong Management and Morris, Yorn.