After nearly 20 years, the film adaptation of Lois Lowry‘s novel The Giver will finally reach theaters this year. Jeff Bridges has been attached to the project for so long that originally he wanted his late father Lloyd Bridges to play the title character. Now, Bridges will play the mysterious figure who holds all of the memories of an emotionally sterilized community. The first images from the film have been released and they show Bridges alongside newcomer Brenton Twaites, who play Jonas, the 16-year-old in the community assigned to receive the memories. “The past is considered to be potentially polluting,” director Phillip Noyce explains to EW. “This is a world where complications are eliminated. Jonas himself goes on a journey as he finds out what’s missing. He starts to investigate what’s causing it. And that’s the beauty. That’s what makes the book so popular, it’s an investigation in ways of living.”
Hit the jump to check out the images and for more details on the plot. The film also stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, and Taylor Swift. The Giver opens August 15th.
Last night we learned that Katie Holmes had joined the long-awaited feature film adaptation of The Giver, but it appears there’s one more high-profile name coming onboard. THR reports that Taylor Swift has signed on to the Lois Lowry adaptation, which concerns a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”. When a 12-year-old boy is selected to be the new Giver, he learns of the hypocrisies and hidden truths of his world. Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites are set in the lead roles, and Swift will be playing Rosemary, the last teen mentored by The Giver before he meets Thwaites’ character. Salt director Philip Noyce is set to helm, and the film will open in theaters on August 15, 2014.
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Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Katie Holmes (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) will join Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver, starring Jess Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Brenton Thwaites.
- Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in talks to join Aaron Eckhart in Brad Peyton’s micro-budget horror picture, Incarnate, from Blumhouse Productions.
- Saxon Sharbino (I Spit on Your Grave) has joined Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist film, starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. [Update: Jane Adams (Hung) has also joined the film.]
- Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) has landed a lead role in Sean Parker’s thriller, Home Invasion.
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Today’s release date shuffle includes one new scheduling and one delay:
- The Giver – Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Alexander Skarsgard will open August 15, 2014.
- Grace of Monaco – Olivier Dahan’s biopic of Grace Kelly, starring Nicole Kidman, has been pushed out of this year’s major awards contention and will open in the spring of 2014.
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Here’s today’s latest casting news:
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Check out the latest casting news below:
- Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening) is now set to star opposite Jeff Bridges in Philip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning story, The Giver.
- Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) and Kerry Dorsey (Moneyball) have joined Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, starring Ed Oxenbould (Julian), Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.
- Bianca Haase (How I Met Your Mother) is the latest addition to Steve Pink’s Hot Tub Time Machine 2, starring Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase and Clark Duke.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) is in negotiations to join Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s Stalin-era thriller set in the Soviet Union. Hoffman would join Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman. Hardy stars as a Soviet military policeman who investigates a string of gruesome child murders, but soon finds that his own government is stonewalling his attempts. Deadline also reports that principal photography on the film is currently underway in Prague. Hoffman will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and A Most Wanted Man.
Hit the jump for more on the actors testing opposite Jeff Bridges for the lead in The Giver.
The long-in-development feature film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s lauded children’s book The Giver is taking a big step forward. Variety reports that director Philip Noyce (Salt, Patriot Games) is now in early talks to helm the adaptation for The Weinstein Company, Walden Media, and star Jeff Bridges. The book concerns a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”. When a 12-year-old boy is selected to be the new Giver, he learns of the hypocrisies and hidden truths of his world. Bridges nabbed the rights to the book 20 years ago with the intention of developing it as a starring vehicle for his father, Lloyd, but now he intends to produce and star. Hit the jump for more.
Back in 2006, Jeff Bridges and producer Nikki Silver (full disclosure: I briefly worked for Silver in 2005 as a summer intern for her On-Screen Entertainment, but I’m 99% sure she doesn’t remember me at all) came close to adapting Lois Lowry’s Newberry Award-winning young adult novel The Giver. Fox and Walden Media considered giving a greenlight with House of Sand and Fog director Vadim Perlman at the helm, but in 2007, the rights went over to Warner Bros and the project stalled. Variety reports that Bridges and Silver have now reclaimed the screen rights and are now attempting to revive the film with Perlman still set to direct.
The book concerns a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”. When a 12-year-old boy is selected to be the new Giver, he learns of the hypocrisies and hidden truths of his world. Bridges originally envisioned that his father Lloyd Bridges would play The Giver, but Lloyd died in 1998 and Bridges now says he feels old enough to play the role himself. Hit the jump for the novel’s official synopsis.