Los Angeles: Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer has joined Shailene Woodley in the sequel of action series 'Insurgent'. Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of Amity, which is the faction in the dystopian society that is said to be dedicated to peace and trust.

She will star alongside Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Brian Duffield and Akiva Goldsman, reported Variety. 'Insurgent' will be released on March 20.

The third book, 'Allegiant' will be split into two films that are slated for release on March 18, 2016, and March 24, 2017, respectively. The first film 'Divergent' opened this past March and has grossed USD 252 million worldwide. Spencer won a best supporting Oscar for her role in 'The Help'.