Directed by Phillip Noyce and featuring a star-studded cast, the film is based on Lois Lowry’s 1993 young adult novel of the same name that you can buy on Amazon.
Katie Holmes looked stunning in a Zac Posen dress featuring a shallow V-neck, a bustier-style bodice, and a cape-style back, which added a unique touch to her look (Credit: WENN / Dan Jackman / Michael Carpenter / Andres Otero)
The Giver: A Cinematic Adaptation
The story takes place in a society where emotions, pain, and history have been eliminated, and citizens are assigned jobs and spouses based on the community’s needs. The protagonist, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory.
With the help of the current Receiver, he begins to experience the true pain and pleasure of the past, which leads to a rebellion against the community’s rules.
In the film adaptation of “The Giver,” Brenton Thwaites, who played the protagonist Jonas, was 24 years old during filming, which is twice the age of Jonas in the original novel.
Actors Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift, and Cameron Monaghan attend “The Giver” premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on August 11, 2014, in New York City (Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock)
Star-Studded Cast and Age Details
When The Giver opened on August 15th, 2014, Jeff Bridges was 64, Brenton Thwaites was 25, Odeya Rush was 17, Meryl Streep was 65, Alexander Skarsgård was 37, Katie Holmes was 35, Cameron Monaghan was 20, Taylor Swift was 24, and Emma Tremblay was 10 years old.
Jeff Bridges’ Passion Project
For nearly twenty years, Jeff Bridges has been working to bring the film adaptation of “The Giver” to life, even filming a version with his family.
Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes play the parents of Jonas in the 2014 American dystopian drama film The Giver (Credit: The Weinstein Company)
“I originally wanted to direct my father in it. As a matter of fact, somewhere in some garage, there is a version of this movie with my father (Lloyd Bridges) playing The Giver, Bud Cort narrates the whole thing, Beau’s kids, one is shooting it, one is playing Jonas. We did the whole book, so that’s around somewhere,” he revealed on the Nerdist Podcast.
Taylor Swift as Rosemary and Jeff Bridges as The Giver in the film is based on a 1993 young adult novel by Lois Lowry (Credit: The Weinstein Company)
Casting Choices and Challenges
Katie Holmes plays the mother of Brenton Thwaites’s character despite being only ten years his senior. This casting choice fits the story as the families in the film are assembled by the state and not connected biologically.
The role of Rosemary was offered to singer Taylor Swift just a week after her Los Angeles concert, where she did not know that the film’s creators were in attendance.
Actress Katie Holmes says playing the role of a mother in a world where emotions are controlled by medicine in the film The Giver was a great challenge for her (Credit: WENN / Dan Jackman / Michael Carpenter / Andres Otero)
“It was challenging and Phillip was reminding us not to touch each other, which I find to be something you just do naturally as a mother and as a human being,” Holmes said about her role at a New York press conference.
“That was one of the things. But I just approached it as a mother whose child is leaving the nest. That’s what kind of made the character real to me. It was interesting to play someone who has no emotion, yeah.”
Premiere Night Fashion
At the premiere of The Giver, the then-35-year-old looked the best she’s looked in ages, wearing a pleated chiffon dress from the Zac Posen Spring 2014 collection featuring a bustier-style bodice, a shallow V-neck, and a cape-style back.
Katie Holmes in a Zac Posen dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry (Credit: WENN / Dan Jackman / Michael Carpenter / Andres Otero)
She accessorized with pink Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Fashion critics loved her makeup and dress, but Katie did not impress anyone with her choice of shoes.
Fashion Highlights from the Premiere
Taylor Swift wore a dress designed by Monique Lhuillier paired with Casadei shoes, Brumani earrings, a ring and band from Sylva & Cie, and a band from Sethi Couture.
Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, and Taylor Swift at the premiere of The Giver at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on August 11, 2014 (Credit: WENN / Dan Jackman / Michael Carpenter / Andres Otero)
Exploring Zac Posen’s Designs
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