March 19th, 2014
05:20 PM ET
Before there were "Hunger Games" or factions where being "Divergent" is dangerous, there was Lois Lowry's "The Giver."
The award-winning children's novel has been a must-read for bookworms of all ages since it was published in 1993, and now The Weinstein Company has recruited a pair of Oscar winners to help bring Lowry's story to life.
The book follows a a boy named Jonas, who at 12 is chosen to be his community's "Receiver of Memories." Jonas' world is one devoid of hurt, crime, conflict or unhappiness; a utopia that Jonas begins to distrust after he enters into training with an old man named The Giver.
In the movie adaptation, Brenton Thwaites is our Jonas, who must decide if living a falsified pain-free life is worth losing out on an authentic human experience.
Meryl Streep has been cast as the Chief Elder of this futuristic society, Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard play Jonas' parents, and Jeff Bridges plays the Giver himself.
"The Giver" opens on August 15, about three months following another big summer movie, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
The final trailer for which was released Wednesday:
And yes, it really does look "Amazing." Peter Parker's latest saga swings into theaters on May 2.
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