EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep is poised to join Jeff Bridges and a fast growing cast in The Giver, an adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel that Phil Noyce will direct. Streep is in talks to join a shoot that starts in eight weeks in South Africa, in a co-production between The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. While there has been a plethora of movies involving dystopian young adult novel storylines, The Giver was ahead of its time, winning the Newbery medal in 1994. It was also a book widely read in Harvey Weinstein’s household by his daughters.
Streep will play the chief elder, the authoritarian charged with keeping order in a society that seems utopian. That control is endangered when a young man (Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to be the receiver of memories of life before the “sameness” movement which numbed the population and created conformism. Bridges plays the title character who delivers those memories that unlock a rebellion in the young man. The film is casting quickly, but landing Streep is certainly a coup for the film. Bridges and Nikki Silver are producing and Dylan Sellers and Julie Rapaport are running point on the picture for The Weinstein Company. CAA reps Streep.
Pic currently stars Jeff Bridges
Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast of the Weinstein Company and Walden Media’s adaptation of The Giver starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites.
Phil Noyce is directing with Bridges and Nikki Silver producing.
Story is based on the popular Lois Lowry young adult novel which is set in a dystopian world that is uprooted when a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world. Streep would be playing the Chief Elder who keeps things in control.
Production is set to start this fall.
The CAA-repped Streep can be seen next in Weinstein’s August: Osage County.
Deadline Hollywood broke the news.