Mekhi Phiferâ€™s career has had the type of longevity and diversity every actor strives for. He first came to our attention in 1995 as Strike, a drug dealer, in Spike Leeâ€™s Clockers. Since then heâ€™s starred in spoof comedies, horror flicks, and sci-fi movies, and portrayed everything from a doctor to a football player to a CIA agent, on the big and small screen.
And Phiferâ€™s career shows no signs of slowing down. Heâ€™s had a recurring role as Max in the Divergent filmsâ€”the third of which, Allegiant, comes out Fridayâ€”and he has a number of projects in the works. Heâ€™s set to star in a remake of Alex Haleyâ€™s Roots, a miniseries that will air on A&E Network; he has a role as one of humanityâ€™s last soldiers in the zombie apocalypse movie Pandemic; and he plays a police lieutenant in the upcoming CW Network series Frequency, adapted from the movie of the same name about a detective who is able to contact a deceased parent with a ham radio.
In Allegiant, Tris, your favorite female protagonist; her instructor Four; and most of the cast from the first two films in the Divergent series go beyond the wall, leaving everything they know and venturing into the world outside the post-apocalyptic city of Chicago. Now, instead of warring with factions within the city, theyâ€™re out to save all of humanity. There have been casualties and losses up until now, so needless to say, this wonâ€™t be a walk in the park.
â€œI had a great time filming [Allegiant]; it was great to work with everyone again,â€ says Phifer. â€œThe cast has become like family and there are always good vibes on the set. And I love playing Max. Max is someone who stands up for what he believes in. I would say I have that in common with him.â€
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Co-star Zoe Kravitz
Co-star Octavia Spencer