For a film that will only reportedly cost $25 million, Philip Noyce’s upcoming feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver is looking to get every dollar’s worth from the talent involved. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Katie Holmes is set to join Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges inv the film, a co-production from The Weinstein Company and Walden Media.
Having recently taken a brief hiatus from acting, Holmes is now really getting back into it. It turns out being in the movie Jack and Jill doesn’t completely end anyone’s career. This is arguably the most high profile role as of late, given the near universal acclaim the source material has received since it was first released .
With a screenplay that was most recently given a rewrite by playwright Michael Mitnick, The Giver tells the story of a young boy named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who lives in what seems to be a perfect utopia, where everyone has resorted to complacency and overt lawfulness in exchange for no sickness, pain, or color. When he comes of age Jonas learns that he is to become the society's Receiver of Memories, a revered position that has him working with the titular Giver (Bridges), the former Receiver of Memories. The Giver teaches Jonas how to use the power of his senses, and the boy slowly understands what the world was like before everything changed, ultimately uncovering the dark secret that allows the society to function.
Holmes’ role will be that of Jonas’ mother, an adamant obeyer of the strict societal laws. I generally think that Holmes is decent in dramatic roles where suspense isn’t a part of the equation, so I can see her as an uptight mom.
With the aforementioned Jack and Jill and the miniseries The Kennedys being the last time we really got to see Holmes on screen, there is quite a bit to look forward to. She’s starring with Jean Reno and William Hurt in actor Christian Carmago’s directorial debut Days and Nights; she’ll play an elementary school teacher-turned-vigilante in Karen Leigh Hopkins’ Miss Meadows; and she’ll be romantic in a psych ward in Paul Dalio’s Mania Days. The strangest title of all, however, is Responsible Adults, in which she will play a med student who begins a romantic relationship with a young man (Chace Crawford) who she babysat for 15 years before. Weird.
The Giver, which also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Emma Tremblay, is looking to go into production soon in South Africa, but because Streep will be shooting Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods in England, she will likely have her scenes filmed there as well. Look for the film when it hits theaters on August 15, 2014.