First Featurette for The Giver

The first featurette has been released for The Giver, the upcoming adaptation of Lois Lowry’s bestselling novel of the same name. The featurette sees Lowry discuss the story, which takes place in a seemingly ideal, if colourless, world of conformity and contentment. A young man named Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites, is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory and begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. There have been a plethora of mediocre films based in strange worlds surrounding young protagonists, this looks better than most; hopefully it is. The featurette offers more footage from the film. Enjoy.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, and Taylor Swift.

Directed by Phillip Noyce (Dead CalmThe Bone CollectorRabbit-Proof FenceSalt).

Official synopsis for The Giver:

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The film is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbury Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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ETA: USA – 15 August, 2014.