<i>The Giver</i> Casts <i>Maleficent</i> Star

The Giver has finally found its receiver.

Deadline reports that Maleficent actor Brenton Thwaites has been cast in the lead role opposite Jeff Bridges in The Giver, The Weinstein Company's adaptation of the Lois Lowry 1993 novel. Thwaites plays Jonas, a young member of a dystopian society who is selected to become "the Receiver of Memory," a job currently held by an older man played by Bridges. As the current Receiver bonds with and passes memories of an older life down to Jonas, the new Receiver begins to discover the colorful lies surrounding his society.

Filming on The Giver is expected to begin this fall in South Africa, with Bridges and Nicky Silver producing alongside Harvey Weinstein and others. There is currently no director attached to the project.

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