Meryl Streep has seemingly done it all in her career, but a YA adaptation? Nope…not until now anyway. The legendary actress is getting ready to make herself known to the tween set by coming on board “The Giver,” which will also mark her first collaboration with Jeff Bridges.
The actor, who has been shepherding the project for years (it was close to being made way back in 2006; and before that, his father Lloyd Bridges had been attached), is producing and starring in the flick, a big screen take on Lois Lowry‘s popular young adult sci-fi novel. The Newberry Medal award winner is set in a futuristic, dystopian world (of course) where society has eradicated memories and emotion, giving the responsibility of remembering the past to a single person, the Receiver. The hero, Jonas — to be played by Brenton Thwaites, who bagged the part last month — is selected to be the new Receiver, but while being trained by the titular Giver (Bridges), a previous Receiver, he finds himself struggling with the duties he bears. Streep will play one of the chief elders of the society.
Meanwhile, Alexander Skarsgard and Cameron Monaghan are also on the project, with the former playing Jonas’ Dad (ASkars is doing father roles now?) and the latter his best bud. We’re kind burned out on this kind of stuff already, but we’ll always pay attention to Bridges and Streep. Phillip Noyce directs and production begins in October. [Deadline/The Wrap]