Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard (“True Blood”) and Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless”) are in talks to join the cast of Phillip Noyce’s “The Giver” at The Weinstein Company and Walden Media.
The $25 million adaptation of the Lois Lowry young adult novel stars newcomer Brenton Thwaites as a young man named Jonas who is selected for life service as the ‘Receiver of Memories’ in a utopian society.
He works with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), an old man who teaches the boy to use his unique gifts of the senses.
Streep will play the society’s antagonistic Chief Elder, who assigns the young their tasks. Skarsgard is in talks to play Jonas’ father, while Monaghan will play Jonas’ best friend Asher.
Vadim Perelman wrote the script, while Bridges, Neil Koenigsberg and Nikki Silver are producing. Shooting will take place in South Africa.
Source: The Wrap