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First images from the long-awaited adaptation of The Giver with Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites

01.23.2014
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The long-awaited adaptation of Lois Lowry's THE GIVER is set to hit theaters this year, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, and newcomer Brenton Thwaites. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the famed sci-fi/fantasy novel will touch on the same themes that have captivated readers for decades and today we have our first look at both Bridges and Thwaites in their respective roles as The Giver and Jonas.

“The past is considered to be potentially polluting,” says director Phillip Noyce. “This is a world where complications are eliminated. Jonas himself goes on a journey as he finds out what’s missing. He starts to investigate what’s causing it. And that’s the beauty. That’s what makes the book so popular, it’s an investigation in ways of living.”

Bridges, who will play the titular "Giver" has worked for a long time to help bring the book to the big screen (his late father, Lloyd was once keen on playing the role), but says that there will be some changes, saying, "The movie will not be an exact duplication of the book. It’s taking a lot of licenses."

One of those changes is an older version of the character Jonas, who will go from 12 to 16 in the film, which opens up more doors for exploration, according to Noyce. "In the book, the younger pubescent Jonas has a flirtation with a young girl of his age. That’s almost a love affair in the film.“ Bridges is optmistic about the changes made from book to screen, saying, "I was happy to hear from Lois that she wasn’t so concerned about all the facts being the same as in the book. The spirit of the story is there.”

With a large following of readers who were forced to read the book in school or read it by choice, THE GIVER is likely to draw in a large built-in audience, however discerning when it comes to the faithfulness of the adaptation.

THE GIVER opens on August 15, 2014.

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2:54PM on 01/23/2014
Jeff Bridges is the Brian Wilson of Hollywood: A legendary and signature beard that fits every part, no matter what.
Jeff Bridges is the Brian Wilson of Hollywood: A legendary and signature beard that fits every part, no matter what.
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2:42PM on 01/23/2014
My favorite book as a child! I have been waiting so long for this.
My favorite book as a child! I have been waiting so long for this.
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2:08PM on 01/23/2014
This is maybe the best news I've heard all day! I didn't even know they were making an adaptation of The Giver. And Jeff Bridges is in it? Amazing!!

On the "changes" to the book. Doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me. I mean it's one thing to make changes that might help expand on themes in the story, it's another to make changes so they story ends up saying something totally different in terms of it's message. And it sounds like the changes were made to simply expand more on
This is maybe the best news I've heard all day! I didn't even know they were making an adaptation of The Giver. And Jeff Bridges is in it? Amazing!!

On the "changes" to the book. Doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me. I mean it's one thing to make changes that might help expand on themes in the story, it's another to make changes so they story ends up saying something totally different in terms of it's message. And it sounds like the changes were made to simply expand more on what is being said in the book.
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