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In this second, longer trailer, Jonas (Maleficent‘s Brenton Thwaites) meets The Giver (Jeff Bridges) and starts to learn some shocking secrets about their seemingly perfect community. “Our people chose to do away with emotions,” The Giver explains to Jonas. “Those morning injections take them away.”
Once Jonas starts avoiding the injections, he can finally see the world in color. But the Chief Elder (Streep) isn’t particularly thrilled about Jonas’s curiosity. “I’m surprised you’re not more worried about him — I would be,” she warns Jonas’ mom (Katie Holmes).
The Giver was directed by Phillip Noyce, whose last film was 2010 spy thriller Salt. Michael Mitnick wrote the screenplay, based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Lois Lowry. Lowry’s novel won the 1994 Newbery Medal for children’s literature.
The Weinstein Company will release the film on August 15 and is clearly hoping that it touches the zeitgeist like dystopian YA film adaptations The Hunger Games and Divergent.
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