This is your first look at Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 classic novel The Giver. Producers have been trying to make this adaptation for nearly 20 years.
The story is set in a "colorless dystopian society that enforces Sameness and fears freedom. All memory of human history has been erased, emotion does not exist, and citizens' professions are chosen for them."
Thwaites is playing Jonas, the "community's Receiver of Memories who spends his days being mentored by the Giver (Bridges), who teaches him to confront and understand the lies that inform society. As Jonas comes to grips with living an unsheltered existence, he begins to acquire a taste for freedom and honesty, becoming an outcast in the process."
Meryl Streep is taking on the role of the community's Chief Elder, who maintains order in the seemingly utopian society. Alexander Skarsgard is playing Jonas' father, and Cameron Monaghan will play Jonas' best friend, Asher.
The movie is being directed by Phillip Noyce, and he had this to say in an interview with EW:
“The past is considered to be potentially polluting. This is a world where complications are eliminated. Jonas himself goes on a journey as he finds out what’s missing. He starts to investigate what’s causing it. And that’s the beauty. That’s what makes the book so popular, it’s an investigation in ways of living.”
The movie will be released on August 15th, 2014, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. It definitely has the potential to be a great film.