Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites ("Maleficent," "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening") has scored the lead role in the film adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 children's dystopian novel "The Giver."
The story is set in a society where pain has been eliminated through adhering to a plan known as the Sameness.
Thwaites plays a young man named Jonas who is selected as the next Receiver of Memory—responsible for the collective consciousness from before the Sameness.
He receives these memories from The Giver (Jeff Bridges). In the novel, Jonas is aged 12 so the role has to be aged up as Thwaites turns 24 this year.
Shooting begins this Fall in South Africa.