First Trailer for THE GIVER Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites

     March 19, 2014


The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Phillip Noyce’s (Salt) adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel The Giver.  The story takes place in a utopian society where all memories of the past reside with a sage figure known as “The Giver”.  Jeff Bridges plays the titular character and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays a young boy who has been selected to be the new Giver.  This trailer really wants the movie to look more like The Hunger Games and Divergent even though Lowry’s novel 21-year-old book won the Newbery Medal.  It makes sense that they’re trying to sell the dystopian angle even though I’d like to see more of Bridges.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan, and Taylor SwiftThe Giver opens August 15th.

Via The Weinstein Company.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Giver:

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The film is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbury Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.


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  • Dan

    No no no. This is going to be bad. Walden media will surely ruin it. Personally I always imagined the movie starting out in black and white, and then slowly turning to color starting with the apple. Oh well.

    • bidi

      yeah they really screwed the pooch by not doing it in black and white. what the hell Jeff


      Well, you could always wait til the movie comes out on Blu-Ray, turn off the color on your TV and watch it that way.

      • lordjim

        lighting is handled in a different way in a black and white movie, so this wouldn´t work.darabont who wasn´t allowed to shoot the mist in black and white nontheless lit the scenes in a black and white fashion so he could bring out the black and white version on dvd, but it doesn´t work the other way round, that just doesn´t look good.

      • scififan

        Wow. First off – I like black and white, but “The Mist” is one of MANY films that play well when the color is stripped away. Pretty much any movie that isn’t lit like a sitcom will convert over to b&w just fine, but some stand out more than others – usually because the film makers were trying to emulate certain films made in the 1940′s and 50′s, and the lighting choices and general vibe of the script reflect that.

        Secondly, does the book mention that a film adaptation should only be in black and white? It looks like the art department took care of the muted colors, anyways. In comparison with The Hunger Games – it would be like making everything outside of the Hunger Games arena b&w for really no reason other than a visual gimmick.

  • Henry

    This looks like utter shit. Sorry, but by no means is this going to be a faithful adaptation.

  • Devin Reed

    This looks MUCH more sci-fi than I remember the book being. Not sure about it yet…

  • The Destroyer

    They should of shot it in black and white, because that’s a major part of the book, the absence of color, and Jonas slowly being able to see color through the memories.

    • Mark Tweedale

      I’m hoping that may still be the case, just the marketing material is in colour.

      • The Destroyer

        I guess like how the idiots that cut the first trailer of Gravity used sound effects, but it would probably confuse most of the audience if they expected a movie in color, but when they get to the theater, it is in black and white.

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  • EAT

    wasnt the character in the book a little kid?


    Please put this in the trailers before Divergent, hahah.

  • God’s Diamond

    This is my favorite book and I have been excited for this book since 2004 when Jeff Bridges was announced. I’m pleasantly surprised he is still attached, but like every commenter I am not feeling this trailer, especially the color part. Hopefully it’s just a promotional tool. But if it is then people not familiar with the story will be confused when they see a substantial part of the movie in black and white. Hopefully this is a success. And better yet, hopefully it’s good.

  • Yurine

    there goes the black and white aspect of the movie.

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