Giver Trailer

The Giver, based on the book by Lois Lowry, tells the story of a society in which people no longer feel, well, pretty much anything. There are no emotions, no colors, and no real sense of personal individuality. All that hits a tipping point when one young man, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to take over the work of The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is essentially the world’s last living librarian. The Giver tells Jonas a few secrets, and in doing so threatens to upset the whole system. Suddenly what had seemed like a utopian existence starts to look a lot more dark and oppressive.

The film preserves the book’s black and white world, and the process of it opening up to color. It also casts Meryl Streep as the society’s Chief Elder. Which means we get to see Streep ruling with an indomitable will, and a tendency to say things like “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” This new trailer really shows off Streep’s work, and is therefore worth a look.  Read More »

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The Giver trailer

We’re drowning in dystopian YA this week. Monday brought the first trailer for The Maze Runner, and Friday brings the premiere of Divergent. Today, we have the very first The Giver trailer.

Directed by Phillip Noyce, the Lois Lowry adaptation unfolds in a seemingly perfect society without hunger, pain, or strife. But when young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to be the community’s keeper of memories, he discovers that this utopia comes at a staggering cost. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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The Giver - Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites (header)

It’d be easy to assume that Philip Noyce‘s The Giver is just another Hunger Games knock-off, given that it’s yet another YA adaptation set in a dystopian universe. But in truth, it’s a film that Jeff Bridges has been working on for almost twenty years — way back before Katniss Everdeen was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins’ eye. Heck, before J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter.

Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver unfolds in a seemingly utopian society which has not just eliminated, but completely forgotten concepts like war and poverty. When protagonist Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) comes of age, however, he learns that this pain-free existence comes at a cost. He is chosen to bear the burden of remembering the past so that others won’t have to, and begins to receive memories from the Giver (Bridges).

The first images from the film have just been released, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Katie Holmes / Taylor Swift

After contributing music to one dystopian YA adaptation, Taylor Swift is getting ready to star in another. The country-pop songstress has just climbed aboard Phillip Noyce‘s The Giver, along with Katie Holmes.

The pair join a starry cast that also includes Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Alexander Skarsgard in the grown-up roles, along with Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, the U.S. version) and Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). Brenton Thwaites leads as young hero Jonas. Hit the jump to find out whom Swift and Holmes are playing.

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep being who she is, it’s never particularly surprising when she signs on to work with an iconic actor. But her talent is such that we’re intrigued anyway, and this week she’s signed on for two interesting new projects. One featuring one of her first-ever co-stars, and another starring a fellow Oscar nominee I can’t believe she hasn’t worked with yet.

The first is The Good House, a “darkly comic” tale that’ll reunite the Deer Hunter duo of Streep and Robert De Niro. The other is the YA adaptation The Giver, which puts her opposite Jeff Bridges for the first time in their careers. (Though they nearly ended up together in the comedy Hope Springs.) More details on both movies after the jump.

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Brenton Thwaites

Lois Lowry‘s dystopian YA novel The Giver came out in 1993 — well before The Hunger Games was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins‘ eye — but it’s surely no coincidence that its movie adaptation is only really picking up steam now that The Hunger Games‘ box office success has spawned a million other dystopian YA franchises.

Jeff Bridges is attached to produce and star, as he has been for years, while Philip Noyce is directing. Now bringing the “YA” part into the equation is rising Aussie star Brenton Thwaites, who’ll be seen next year in Maleficent. Hit the jump to get all the details.

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Dystopian YA adaptations seem to be all the rage these days, and finally one of the classics of the subgenre is inching closer to the big screen. Phillip Noyce (Salt) has entered early talks to direct The Giver, based on Lois Lowry‘s Newbery-winning 1993 novel. Jeff Bridges, who’s been one of the driving forces behind the project during its nearly two decades of development, remains attached to star in the title role. More details after the jump.

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As a young bookworm, I was a huge fan of young adult author Lois Lowry; today, as a somewhat less young cinephile, I’m a big fan of actor Jeff Bridges. It therefore gives both my past and present selves great pleasure to report that Bridges and producer Nikki Silver have re-acquired the film rights to Lowry’s dystopian YA classic The GiverVadim Perelman (The House of Sand and Fog) is attached to write the script, while Bridges will likely star as the Giver himself. Read more about the project after the jump.

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