Meryl Streep is cast in a feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s bestselling dystopian young adult novel, “The Giver.” Also in the cast is True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård with Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan. Recently cast is pop star Taylor Swift.
Alex will play Jonas’s father. It’s an important part in what’s likely to be a very popular movie. The plot centers on a young boy named Jonah (Thwaites) who lives in a seemingly harmonious society in which all pain and suffering have been eliminated in favor of “Sameness,” resulting in a world of conformity and contentment, but also one of suppressed emotions.
When Jonas is tapped for the life assignment as the Receiver of Memories, he meets the previous receiver, aka The Giver (Bridges), who gives him the power of knowledge, including dark secrets contained within his engineered utopia. Jonas is now faced with a decision: Does he stay in this shallow, terrifying community, or run away to the real world and face uncertain danger? Streep will play the Chief Elder who is Jonas’ antagonist.
The Giver has sold over 10 million copies worldwide since its release in 1993 and the following year won the prestigious Newbury Medal. Principal photography on the Weinstein Company and Walden Media coproduction is set to start on Oct. 7 in Cape Town, South Africa.
“The Giver” is scheduled to hit theaters August 15, 2014.