Movie Exclusive – Official First Trailer for “The Giver” Starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites

The first official trailer for the highly awaited adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver has officially been released! This exclusive trailer shows the expansive dystopian and futuristic world that director Philip Noyce and actor Jeff Bridges worked so hard to bring to the silver screen. Additionally, it gives us our first look at Bridges and Brenton Thwaites as their iconic characters.

When working to get this story on film, Bridges wanted his father to play the role of The Giver. Unfortunately, his father has since passed away and things on the production had to be changed. In the stead of his father, Bridges took on the role and is acting as a producer on the film as well.

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Here is an official synopsis for The Giver (via Goodreads): “Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”

The Giver also stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, and Emma Tremblay. What do you think of this new trailer? Are you looking forward to seeing this movie when it finally hits theaters on August 15?

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Sources: YouTubeGoodreads, and IMDb

Movie Exclusive – First Look at “The Giver” Starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites

Actor Jeff Bridges has been working for almost 20 years to bring Lois Lowry’s The Giver to the silver screen. After a long journey of pitching and rejections, Harvey Weinstein finally agreed to take on the project.

Bridges originally wanted his father to play the role of The Giver, but he has since passed away. However, he has taken on the iconic role and is a producer on the film as well. Entertainment Weekly recently released two new photos from the film, giving us our first look at Bridges as The Giver and Australian newcomer, Brenton Thwaites, as Jonas.

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For anyone who may be unfamiliar with the story, here is an official synopsis (via Goodreads): “Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”

The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce and also stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Swift, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, and Emma Tremblay.

Will you be heading to theaters to see The Giver when it releases on August 15, 2014? What do you think of these new photos from the film? What do you think about the cast behind this project?

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Goodreads

Major Production Developments for the Film Adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars”

MTV News recently interviewed producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey and got them talking about the greatly anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars. 

In the interview, Marty Bowen states: “If you read the screenplay you’ll get the same feeling [as in the book], I think it’s one of the best screenplays I’ve ever read.”

Plus, Godfrey and Bowen also addressed talking to acting talent about the project: “Every actress I talk to is interested, and then we’re probably going to choose the director in the next two weeks. We actually are in the process of those meetings, and I’m really excited about our choices,” says Wyck Godfrey. Plus, they touched the level of collaboration with John Green, the author. “He’s very involved. He’s read every draft. We talk to him all the time,” Marty said. “He loves the script, feels that we’ve captured everything that we could have hoped to capture in the book, so I think fans will be really happy with it.”

Finally, Godfrey also addressed a potential shooting timeline for the film: “I think we’ll be making ‘Fault in Our Stars’ by the end of the summer. It’s exciting.”

Here is the official synopsis of the novel (via GoodReads) for those of you who have not read it:

“Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.”

For those of you who are fans of the novel, does this make you excited for the film or what?! What do you think of the interview?  Who do you think would be the right director for this project? Who do you think should be cast as the two lead characters, Hazel and Augustus?

The cover for John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars."
The cover for John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars.”

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Sources: MTV News, Page to Premiere, and GoodReads