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Watch The First Trailer For The Giver

Eagerly anticipated adaptation of the 1993 young adult novel stars Jeff Bridges and newcomer Brenton Thwaites

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Fans of the 1993 novel The Giver finally got a glimpse at the highly anticipated movie adaptation when a brief trailer premiered on the Today Show Wednesday.

The beloved story by Lois Lowry focuses on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly Utopian society, without war, pain, suffering or difference. Yet Jonah’s world is thrown upside down when he’s selected by the community to absorb the memories of the Giver, an elderly man who alone knows the true pain that life has to offer. The book has long been a YA favorite and there’s no doubt the movie adaptation will be a big event, with Brenton Thwaites playing Jonas and Jeff Bridges playing the Giver.

The brief trailer promises a film that’s packed with action and sinister revelations, with a voice-over from Meryl Streep (who stars as the Chief Elder) and ominous warnings from Bridges.

Also appearing in the trailer are Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgård as Jonas’s parents, and Odeya Rush as Jonas’s friend Fiona. And though Taylor Swift will play Rosemary in the film, she only appears for the briefest moment in the trailer. Sorry, T. Swift fans, you’ll just have to check out the film when it hits theaters in August.

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