‘Scandal’ Prez Tony Goldwyn Joins ‘Divergent’ Cast

The actor will play Shailene Woodley's father in the film adaptation

Tony Goldwyn will play Shailene Woodley's father in the big screen adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel "Divergent."

Getty ImagesGoldwyn, who menaced Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in "Ghost," is currently best known for playing a married U.S. president with an obsessive thing for his well-dressed former campaign adviser Kerry Washington in ABC's "Scandal." 

In divergent, he rounds out a cast that includes Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, Maggie Q and Mekhi Phifer, as well as up-and-coming actors Theo James and Miles Teller.

The futuristic action adventure is filming in Chicago.

Like Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel, the film is set in a dystopian future where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is "divergent" and will never fit into any one group. Her discovery of a conspiracy to destroy all divergents sets the action rolling. 

The film is a return to the world of young adult film adaptations for Summit Entertainment and its parent company Lionsgate. That milieu has been profitable terrain for the pair, which is responsible for the film versions of "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight."