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Meryl Streep Cast as Chief Elder in Jeff Bridges' 'The Giver' Adaptation

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August 7, 2013
Source: The Wrap

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The immensely talented Meryl Streep continues her illustrious career with two more adaptations. Streep has been officially cast in The Giver, an adaptation of the beloved Newbery Medal book, being directed by Philip Noyce (Catch a Fire, Salt). In addition, The Giver also gains actors Alexander Skarsgard (seen in Melancholia, Battleship, The East) and Cameron Monaghan (seen on "Shameless"). Jeff Bridges stars in the film, which starts shooting this fall in South Africa. Streep is also confirmed for Michael Cunningham's The Good House adaptation with Robert De Niro (the fourth film these two will be in together) as we reported.

As for The Giver, The Weinstein Company and Walden Media are producing the adaptation of Lois Lowry's bestselling novel. This has been one of Jeff Bridges passion projects for a while, and it sounds like it's finally coming together and shooting this year with Philip Noyce at the helm. In the film Bridges will play the Giver, who meets with Jonas (being played by Brenton Thwaites), the dystopian community's Receiver of Memories, who learns to confront and understand the lies that inform society. Streep is finalizing a deal to play the community's Chief Elder, who maintains order in the seemingly utopian society. Skarsgard will play Jonas' father, while Monaghan will play Jonas' best friend Asher. We'll keep an eye out for the latest news.

Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award for acting in 2012 for The Iron Lady. She next stars in the August: Osage County adaptation arriving this fall, and is also set to appear in Disney's musical Into the Woods directed by Rob Marshall as "The Witch". She also has Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman and The Good House on her slate coming up. Should we expect Streep to continue winning Oscars? That's a big yes.

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