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Katie Holmes, Possibly Taylor Swift Join the Cast of The Giver

Soon, Lois Lowry‘s beloved novel The Giver will join the ranks of young adult books that have made it to the big screen. Come on, you know you’ve been waiting for this since you were twelve and checked it out of the school library. It’s one of the classic dystopias for young readers, with its creepy community of too-perfect people who see everything in black and white (literally).

It has already been announced that Brenden Thwaites will play Jonas, the young boy who realizes that maybe things in his perfect world aren’t so great after all. Now we also know that Katie Holmes will play Jonas’s mother, “a strict obeyer of the laws that govern what is described as an antiseptic society,” which is a bit surprising considering she’s only about ten years older than Thwaites, but, hey, I’m onboard. There have also been rumors of Taylor Swift, who would presumably play one of Jonas’s friends, joining the production.

According to Vulture:

Harvey Weinstein allegedly offered [Swift] a supporting role at the premiere of One Chance, and she is already buddies with Brenton Thwaites (Jonas), according to the tabloid ["Page Six"].

It looks like the kid characters are being bumped up in age quite a few years, but that’s quite common with this kind of adaptation. I’m not too worried. After all, Meryl Streep (as the Chief Elder) and Jeff Bridges (as the eponymous Giver) will also appear, which is pretty much a recipe for awesome.

(via: Hollywood Reporter, Vulture)

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  • Liz Watson

    So mid-30s Katie Holmes is going to play the mother of a 20-something? I know in The Giver she [SPOILERS]

    isn’t his birth mother, but still. Yeesh.

  • Jesse


    katie holmes and taylor swift? HORRIBLE. HORRRRRRRRRIBLE.

    please PLEASE do not go see this movie – instead of paying for a ticket and giving your money to this vile hollywood corporations bent on ruining anything they can just go buy a copy of the book and re-read it, or donate it to a library, or give it to a kid in your family or to someone who hasn’t read it.

    seriously people please stop seeing this garbage. if people don’t go see it, they won’t make movies like this.

  • Caitlin

    *Brenton* Thwaites

  • Anonymous

    I feel like bumping up the ages takes something away from the book. Weren’t they about pubescent in the story?

  • Anonymous

    Why does every great movie adaptation announcing Meryl Streep in the cast, never fails to then devolve in the casting department to a teenage idol extravaganza. Is Taylor Swift even an actress?

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure that some peers in the protaganist’s age group were going through puberty and some weren’t. Those that were had to take medication to suppress their hormones (or at least their sex drives). Don’t quote me on this because I could be wrong. I haven’t read that book since 8th grade because it was forced down my throat so many times that I can’t even think of Lois Lowry without wanting to throw things. And I read The Giver before I even knew it was going to be required reading in middle school.

  • Anonymous

    This is one of those books that you really CAN’T adapt into a movie, not directly anyway… The whole reason it’s so enthralling is the slow revelation that this future society is missing things that we wouldn’t expect it to be missing.

    The Giver says, “you’re beginning to see color” and we’re all like WHAT?! because we would never assume that this is a place where nobody sees color. The Giver says “you’ve just seen this thing called a hill” and we’re all like WHAT?! because we would never assume that this is a pace where freaking hills don’t exist.

    There’s no way to do those things in a movie, though, because the visual element would give it all away immediately. I do hope they find a creative way to get around that.

  • Anonymous

    It was never required in my school :(
    Anyway, I think the idea of the character trying to navigate puberty while at the same time navigating his crazy family and messed-up world is important. It’s a coming-of-age story that we were meant to read when we were the same age. I guess your 20s is about coming-of-age, too, but I don’t know that it resonates with the feeling that your whole life is planned out for you and you have to go along with other people’s ideas.
    Middle school is about trying to find independence while still living in school and your parents’ house, where you don’t have a lot of say.
    Your 20s are about figuring out how to live both independently and responsibly, now that those constraints are gone.
    I think the former fits the theme of the movie better than the latter.

  • Anonymous

    Wizard-of-Oz-style? Everything’s in black and white until that one apple, then colors leach slowly into the film? That might be too artsy, but it could be really cool.
    But you could still show everything in color, and we wouldn’t have the understanding that no one else could see it. And there could be no hills, and we’d assume it was set in a plain and not think about it. because who pays attention to hills? Then when he asks about the hill, people might start to pay more attention to the landscape and notice that there’s more wrong there than they had thought.

  • Jnae Jnae

    Jonas is 12 right? I kinda dont want to see much older actors playing those parts.

  • Jnae Jnae

    I agree that some things like seeing color would be almost impossible to implement in a movie because the color thing surprised me but it wont if your watching the movie.