The acclaimed young adult novel The Giver was published at the tail end of my elementary school career, and as an angsty tween ready to discover the untold truths of the world, I was more than drawn to the tale of a future dystopian society and Jonas, the young man who would defy it. Author Lois Lowry has a way of reaching young people is all I'm saying.
Most of my friends loved the book too, and now that we're all grown up, I have a feeling the movie theaters will be packed with people our age when the film adaptation is released August 15. Because I am seriously so excited to see one of my favorite childhood books on the screen, I can hardly stand it. And the newly released trailer for The Giver has me lamenting that I have to wait two more months before I can appease my inner book nerd.
The film has an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder and Jeff Bridges as the title character, The Giver. Up-and-comer Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas, who becomes the Receiver of Memory in preparation to council the elders.
Because this world has done away with history, color, icky feelings, and basically all humanity. As Meryl Streep says in trailer, "When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong."
Other names of note are Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard, who play Jonas' parents, and Taylor Swift as the mysterious Rosemary.
Take a look and be excited.
Are you excited to see The Giver?
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