Weinstein Dates 'The Giver' Starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges for August 2014

A big name cast leads a new sci-fi adaptation

the-giverWay back in 2008, David Yates was set to direct an adaptation of Lois Lowry's children's novel and Newbery Medal winner, "The Giver" after helming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but he instead decided to tackle the two-part finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, setting the project back several years. Now the film is in the hands of The Weinstein Co. and director Philip Noyce, and the studio has just set an August 15, 2014 release for the feature.

The Giver will star Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and soon-to-be-star Brenton Thwaites whose 2014 not only includes this film, but a lead role in Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction and Maleficent opposite Angelina Jolie.

The story centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young boy aged 12, from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver (Bridges), who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life. Streep plays the story's chief elder, the authoritarian charged with keeping order in the society, order which is disrupted when Jonas is chosen to receive details of the past, before society conformed to a level of "sameness".

To my knowledge, Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) wrote the screenplay.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Quite a strange role for Streep, has she ever done sci-fi before?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    This is fine: I liked the book enough.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/swlabr413/ swlabr413

    What role is Streep playing in this? I don't remember too many female characters from the book

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    I really liked the book as a kid, so I'll give this a shot.

  • Ben Ashworth

    Isn't Thwaites like 24? How on earth is he supposed to play a 12-year-old. I know that movies cast 20-somethings as high schoolers, but that seems like a stretch.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

      Couldn't agree more, I bet they'll change the character to make him older, ugh

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    The book is fantastic. Hope the movie is good.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/utahprime/ Mark Depew

    I'm sure I read somewhere that Streep will be playing a man in The Giver.
    She played a male rabbi in Angels in America and it was amazing - I had no
    idea it was a woman until weeks after I viewed it.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt Taylor

    This was my favorite book back in middle school and it still has a special place in my heart. It's gonna be a tough book to adapt, but I'm pretty excited for it. Jeff Bridges is a great choice for The Giver.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

    Streep's role wasn't in the book, sounds like they're changing it a lot.