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    Divergent Births a New Heroine: Meet 15 More Female Characters Who Kick Ass on the Big Screen!

    Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games, Shailene Woodley, Divergent Lionsgate

    There's a lot of buzz surrounding Divergent.

    The anticipation keeps growing and we're all curious to see whether this film can compete with franchises like the Twilight Saga featuring Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan or the Hunger Games series with  Jennifer Lawrence, who played Katniss Everdeen. Luckily, with co-stars like Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Theo James and Maggie Q, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley has a superstar cast to back her up!

    There's been a trend of ass-kicking leading ladies and it's exciting to have another heroine to root for. In honor of the Divergent star's new role as Beatrice Prior, E! News takes a look back at the famous movie heroines who came before her.

    VIDEO: What advice does Kate Winslet have for Shailene Woodley?

    Chloë Moretz played crime figher Hit Girl in the films Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2—the title says it all. Who can forget the Angels—Dylan, Alex and Natalie—played by Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz in the Charlie's Angels films? Angelina Jolie was C.I.A. operative Evelyn Salt in Salt, and Zoe Saldana played an assassin named Cataleya in Colombiana.

    We have our fingers crossed for Tris as she fights to survive in the Divergent series—and we're sure she's going to leave quite a legacy!

    PHOTOS: Famous movie heroines

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