'The Giver’ trailer released: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges star in first look
The first look at the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s bestselling book “The Giver” packs a lot of star power.
Oscar-winning actors Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep are pitted against each other with Streep as the serious, gray-haired villain Chief Elder, and Bridges as The Giver, counseling newcomer Brenton Thwaites’ character Jonas in the dystopian thriller set in a time after the world is reduced to “sameness.”
The trailer, released online Wednesday, begins the backstory as Thwaites’ character learns of his destiny as the “Receiver of Memory.”
Streep, 64, delivers an icy line about how people often “choose wrong” when given the freedom to choose.
“The Giver” also stars Katie Holmes, “True Blood” actor Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift. Lowry, whose book won the 1994 Newberry Medal, serves as a co-screenwriter.
The film is directed by “Patriot Games” helmer Phillip Noyce and opens nationwide Aug. 15.
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