The Giver is the latest entry in the young adult adaptation canon, and is based on Lois Lowry's 1993 Newbery Medal winning novel, which means the story actually originates before the likes of The Hunger Games and the forthcoming Divergent.
Brenton Thwaites stars as Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colourless, world of conformity and contentment. The utopia was birthed by humanity deciding to reject strong emotions and by closing off their memories of pain and suffering, with leadership from the likes of Meryl Streeps Chief Elder. Not until he's given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does Jonas begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. For upon meeting the previous Receiver, now known as The Giver (Jeff Bridges), his eyes and heart are opened to the reality of his world, one that he decides needs to change for the better – even if it means big trouble.
Phillip Noyce is calling the shots, working from Michael Mitnick's script and a cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård (Melancholia), Katie Holmes (Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark), Taylor Swift (Valentine's Day) and Odeya Rush (We Are What We Are).
The Giver is out in the US on 15 August but is yet have a solid UK release date.