Confirmed: Meryl Streep & Jeff Bridges to Lead THE GIVER Film Adaptation; Set for August 2014 Release

The film adaptation of the hit young adult novel THE GIVER has received a release date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, directed by Philip Noyce, will hit theaters on August 15, 2014, with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges starring. Vadim Perelman penned the script.

Streep will play the "chief elder", the leader of an authoritarian governing body that keeps order in a so-called utopian society. THE GIVER centers on a boy (Brenton Thwaites) chosen to be the society's next "Receiver" -- the one member of the population allowed to absorb the memories, emotions and knowledge of generations before the current regime, which is ruled by the concept of "sameness". Bridges plays the "Giver", the man who passes these memories to the boy, and in doing so, fosters a rebellion.

Streep's upcoming projects include Rob Marshall's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods, The Homesman, and August: Osage County and her just-announced role in The Good House. Her past credits include Hope Springs, The Iron Lady, It's Complicated, Julie & Julia, Doubt, Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hours and more.

Streep has appeared on Broadway in Happy End, The Cherry Orchard, Secret Service, and Trelawny of the Wells, as well as off-Broadway's Wonderland in Concert and Alice in Concert.

THE GIVER is set to begin filming two months from now in South Africa.

Photos by RD / Orchon / Retna Digital - Retna Ltd.

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