‘The Giver’ Jumps on Dystopia Bandwagon: Prepare to See the Book Changed

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Phillip Noyce’s adaption of Lois Lowry’s The Giver has a trailer out as of today, but fans of the book might be shocked right off the bat. It’s in color. That particular detail aside though, the film has a strong cast backing it, starring Aussie Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, Jeff Bridges as The Giver, and Meryl Streep as the creepily controlling Chief Elder. Taylor Swift also scored a part as Rosemary, though the role doesn’t look likely to take much screen time.

The Giver is just one of many young adult films to jump on the Hunger Games dystopia franchise train, coming out August 15, a solid four and a half months after Divergent’s premiere in theaters March 21. After The Giver, the Divergent sequel will hit theaters in 2015 with Insurgent, solidifying a very clear theme. Unlike both the Hunger Games and Divergent, The Giver has been a classic young adult dystopia for many years, meaning that it has the advantage of a longer exposure period to a larger audience — being required literature in a number of schools — but the disadvantage of a less recent spike in popularity.

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