Philip Noyce's The Giver, which arrives in theaters this August, might well be mistaken for another Hunger Games or Harry Potter-style YA replication. Actually, however, the adaptation of Lois Lowry's popular and critically-acclaimed young adult novel is something that actor Jeff Bridges has been working on for nearly two decades, way before the Katniss Everdeen's of this YA craze were introduced to our big-screens...
Expect big things.
What should be making us endlessly more excited for The Giver, is that this week, star of the movie Katie Holmes has praised her co-star, country singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, as "brilliant".
Swift signed up for a high-profile part in the film adaptation of Lowry's novel, following her debut supporting roles in movies Valentine's Day and The Lorax. Holmes, best known for her marriage to couch-springing Tom Cruise and her part in Dawson's Creek all those years ago, recently opened up about the girl who once - when she was 11-years-old - would go up and down Music Row knocking on producers' doors telling them "Hi, I'm Taylor and you should listen to me sing. Call me!" Holmes proudly revealed:
We shot that in the fall in South Africa. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep are the stars and also Taylor Swift... She is awesome… I love that girl. I just think she is so smart. She's so young, really brilliant and works very, very hard.
An adaptation of Lois Lowry's popular and critically-acclaimed young adult novel, The Giver takes place in a dystopian future where all humans conform to a government-enforced phenomenon called 'Sameness.' In this world society runs like a machine, where citizens are genetically engineered and drugged to suppress emotions or 'Stirrings.' With no sadness, suffering, or choice, citizens live in blissful ignorance of the full human experience. This changes for Jonas (Brenton Thwaites ) when he is selected as the 'Receiver of Memory,' the sole keeper of all historical knowledge of life before the Sameness.
We'll have to wait until next August to see how Taylor Swift and Katie Holmes' parts in the movie turn out, but if you have never read Lois Lowry's heartbreaking science fiction novel, do yourself a solid and read The Giver now. You are NEVER too old!