The Giver (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Phillip Noyce|
|Produced by||Jeff Bridges
|Screenplay by||Michael Mitnick|
|Based on||The Giver
by Lois Lowry
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Edited by||Barry Alexander Brown|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Running time||94 minutes|
The Giver is an upcoming science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the 1993 novel of same name by Lois Lowry. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 15, 2014.
In a perfect world where there is no conflict, racism or sickness, every member of society has a specific role, and 16-year-old Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory. As Jonas uncovers the truth behind his world's past, he discovers that many years earlier, his forefathers gave up humanity in order to have a stable society.
- Jeff Bridges as The Giver
- Meryl Streep as The Chief Elder
- Brenton Thwaites as Jonas
- Alexander Skarsgård as Jonas' father
- Odeya Rush as Fiona
- Katie Holmes as Jonas' mother
- Taylor Swift as Rosemary
- Cameron Monaghan as Asher
- Emma Tremblay as Lily
- Irina Miccoli as Fiona's mother
Jeff Bridges has wanted to film the futuristic novel for several years, but encountered obstacles when Warner Bros. bought the rights in 2007. They then ended up at The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. Bridges' actual vision was that his own father, Lloyd Bridges, would play as The Giver.
Filming began on October 7, 2013 in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Meryl Streep had some of her scenes shot in England, where she also filmed Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, before doing additional filming two months later in Cape Town. The filming was completed on February 13, 2014 in Utah.
On July 11, 2014, it was announced that The Weinstein Company and Walden Media would be teaming up with Fathom Events to stream the red carpet premiere to more than 250 theaters in the US on August 11, four days before its official release. Ziegfeld Theatre will show the film's premiere in New York City.
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