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'The Giver' movie adaptation, starring Jeff Bridges, casts the part of protagonist Jonas

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(Read caption) 'The Giver' will star Jeff Bridges in the title role.

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A movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s classic children’s novel “The Giver” is slowly taking shape.

The film adaptation will star “Crazy Heart” actor Jeff Bridges as the Giver himself and, it was recently announced, actor Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, the protagonist of the novel.

According to the website The Wrap, “Salt” director Philip Noyce is directing the fillm. Screenwriter Vadim Perelman, who penned the screenplay for the 2003 film “House of Sand and Fog,” is adapting the book for the big screen.

“The Giver,” which was originally released in 1993, follows a boy named Jonas, who has been chosen to take on the post of Receiver of Memory in his society. He meets the Giver, the man who held the position before he did, and gradually realizes his world is not what it seems. Filming is planned to begin this fall.

A stage adaptation of the show had previously been produced and performed around the US.

Thwaites, who was reportedly born in 1989, is older than his character of Jonas in the novel, who is 12. This change has already angered some fans of the book, with Entertainment Weekly writer Hillary Busis writing a column titled “’The Giver’: Why the movie’s Jonas is the wrong choice.” The casting of Thwaites “implies that [production staff] may fundamentally misunderstand the soul of Lois Lowry’s original novel,” she wrote, calling Jonas’s age one of his “crucial traits.”


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