Young Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites should see his star rise next year when he plays the Prince in Maleficent, and now he’s hoping to capitalise of that by signing up to star opposite Jeff Bridges in The Giver, which Philip Noyce is directing, based on Lois Lowry’s dystopian young adult novel.
Thwaites beat out the likes of Kings of Summer’s Nick Robinson, Mud’s Tye Sheridan and Prisoners’ Dylan Minnette for the role.
The book is a philosophical fantasy set in another world where all emotions, history and freedom have been expunged. Thwaites will play Jonas, a young man who, when assigned a profession, is given the important yet painful job of being the society’s Receiver of Memories. The new position sees him cut off from everyone he knows and he is mentored by the former Receiver of Memories, known as The Giver (Bridges). As Jonas and The Giver work together, the young man’s eyes are opened to the lies that the society is built upon.
Bridges is producing as well as starring, having been trying to put a movie version together for around two decades. It’s only now, with the success of other young adult projects, that it’s finally coming together, with the hope they’ll be able to start shooting this Autumn in South Africa. (Source: TheWrap)