Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges Are Very Serious Enemies in ‘The Giver’ Trailer (Video)

The first look at the adaptation of the classic Lois Lowry book reveals a grave dystopia and seriously gray stars

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Another day, another dystopian teen novel adaptation.

(To be fair, this one may be a little different.)

Here’s the first look at The Weinstein Company’s big screen version of Lois Lowry‘s seminal think-for-yourself novel, “The Giver,” which for the last 20 years has been celebrated as one of the best books for emerging young adults. A winner of the Newbury Medal back when it was published, it took this long line of YA adaptations (and lots of legwork from star/producer Jeff Bridges) to get its time in the Hollywood limelight, but given the cast, the wait may have been worth it.

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As has become custom with these sorts of movies, a young newcomer — in this case, Brandon Thwaites — plays the brave lead, who is the world’s only hope in a society that has been dimmed by mind control and other devious means. And, once again, the young gun is acting amongst major stars; here, they don’t get much brighter, with Bridges (good guy) and Meryl Streep (baddie) bookending the talented kid.

The film, directed by Phillip Noyce, is due out in August.