First Look at 'The Giver' Featuring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites

Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in The Giver
Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in The Giver
Photo: The Weinstein Co. / David Bloomer

giver-movie-picture-2One of the films I highlighted in my feature looking at the several book adaptations hitting theaters this year was the adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, directed by Philip Noyce and starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites, the latter as Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, who is singled out to receive special training from The Giver (Bridges), who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.

Today the first couple of pictures from the film arrived, the above shows Jonas and The Giver in the Library of Memory, a set constructed for the film on location in an old factory in Cape Town where the film recently wrapped principal photography.

As for the adaptation, Bridges (who has been wanting to make the film for over 20 years), says, "The movie will not be an exact duplication of the book. It's taking a lot of licenses." Apparently this includes an expanded role for the character known as the Chief Elder, to be played by Meryl Streep. Add to that, instead of playing a 12-year-old, Thwaites' Jonas will be aged 16.

Lowry has worked closely with Bridges and Noyce on the production with Bridges telling Entertainment Weekly, "I was happy to hear from Lois that she wasn't so concerned about all the facts being the same as in the book. The spirit of the story is there."

The Weinstein Co. is set to release The Giver on August 15.

  • EPayneDDS

    Love the book and was super stoked to hear, "Movie", "Weinstein", "Bridges", "Streep", "August"... But lost ALL hope when I saw Taylor Swift was going to be in this. Any word if she's still in?

  • Matt Taylor

    Brenton Thwaites still looks a bit too old to convincingly play a sixteen year old, but Jeff Bridges is the perfect choice to play The Giver. If Lowry is working close to the production, I'll remain hopeful. This was my favorite book when I was a kid, and it'd make a great film.

  • Fox

    Translation: We're taking a loved classic novel and turning it into a melodramatic man-candy infused YA expose.

  • Silga

    Philip Noyce is a great director. Only I'm not sure if that's a right material for him. I'd rather see him doing another action thriller than a young adult novel adaptation.

  • kathrynlynn

    This is my favorite book and am looking forward to seeing an adaptation. I like that it seems to be differing so much from the story- I'd rather see the essence of the story come through and see some imaginative take on it. I am really excited to see Bridges as the Giver. It sounds like this is a bit of a passion project for him too.

  • JAB

    One of the 1st rules in Screenwriting 101 states that 1 page = 1 minute of screentime (doesn't matter if it is all dialogue, all description or both). So this film like all other is going to have pare the book down between 120 to 180 pages.
    This movie sounds very interesting. It's nice to see Philip Noyce back with a movie that'll go wide .

  • Paul Hennen

    I feel like I've been waiting nearly as long as Jeff Bridges...I wouldn't mind if this one is really good if they'd go on to handle the other books in the series, like the newest one "Son", or "Gathering Blue" and "The Messenger" too.