After years of trying to get it off the grounds, Jeff Bridges is finally moving an adaptation of The Giver towards the screen. The likes of Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush and Brenton Thwaites have already signed up to star alongside Bridges, and now Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift may join them.
Phillip Noyce is set to direct the sci-fi drama, which is based on a novel by author Lois Lowry. The story is set in the future where the entire range of human emotion has been forgotten. In the society, the Receiver of Memorieshas been given the right to remember the past in case it is deemed necessary to make use of it. A young boy named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) has been given the right to become the next Receiver of Memories and his life is thrown into question when he begins his training with an elderly Receiver.
Meryl Streep will be playing the Chief Elder in the movie, an antagonist and authoritarian charged with keeping order in [the] society. Jeff Bridges meanwhile will be the title character, who delivers the memories that uproot a rebellion in the young man. Monaghan will portray Asher, Jonas’ best friend.
Katir Holmes will be Jonas’ mother, with Skarsgard as his father. Swift has signed on for the part of Rosemary, who has previous been mentored by Bridges character.
Shooting start next month in South Africa, with an August 15th, 2014 release already set.