Phillip Noyce is directing the film adaptation of the best-selling novel by Lois Lowry, which depicts a society in which there is no conflict, sickness or racism. Thwaites is the young star of the film who is selected for his life service as The Receiver of Memories, the one member of society allowed to absorb the memories, emotions and knowledge from generations before the current “utopian” regime. He works closely with The Giver (Jeff Bridges) who teaches the boy to use his unique gift of the senses. Meryl Streep will play the authoritative and antagonistic Chief Elder who assigns the young their tasks.
Holmes plays the boy’s mother, who strictly adheres to the laws of their homogenized and sterile society. Alexander Skarsgard plays his father, while rising stars Cameron Monaghan and Rush play his best friends. The movie is being produced by Nikki Silver of Tonik Productions along with Neil Koenigsberg and Jeff Bridges, and is set to begin filming in South Africa.
Holmes, who will always be known to many as Joey Potter of “Dawson’s Creek,” recently appeared alongside Adam Sandler in “Jack and Jill,” on TV’s “The Kennedys,” horror flick “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and more.