ICYMI in English class between grades six to nine: The Giver is a seminal children's novel with themes so ubiquitous it's equally appropriate a story for adults. The story centers on a twelve-year-old boy named Jonas who lives in a seemingly perfect world where there is no pain, suffering, or individuality. Sounds pretty cool, until Jonas is selected to become the Receiver of Memory: the only person who receives the memories of a life full of love, pain, and knowledge.  

Lois Lowry's tale has gotten the Hollywood adaptation treatment and the movie looks pretty compelling. But, it must be mentioned that, if my memory serves right, this takes place in a world with no color. Right? And Jonas doesn't look 12. He looks like puberty is basically over for him. But, y'know...nitpicking.

Anyway: Jeff Bridges as The Giver, Brenton Thwaites as Jonas,  Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes play Jonas' parents, Meryl Streep is Chief Elder, and a brunette Taylor Swift is Rosemary. 

The Giver hits theaters on August 15. 

[via Oh No They Didn't!]