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Jeff Bridges Is the Giver, Finally

Jeff Bridges © John Shearer/Getty
Jeff Bridges © John Shearer/Getty

Jeff Bridges is stepping up to take on Lois Lowry's The Giver alongside producer Nikki Silver, FirstShowing reports. The pair has been working toward bringing the young adult novel to the silver screen for years, but encountered a few substantial hurdles along the way – including Warner Bros' acquisition of the movie rights back in 2007. But this week things are working in Bridges' favor, much to our delight.

Here's what we adore most about Jeff Bridges: Drop the man into any role, and sit back and watch as he fully morphs into character – from 1984's "Starman" (a true lesson in heartbreak and aliens, if you've never seen it), to the fabulous Jack Baker in 1989's "The Fabulous Baker Boys," then on to the extraordinary "The Big Lebowski," straight through to his Academy Award-winning turn in 2009 as Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart" and Oscar-nominated performance as Rooster Cogburn in last year's "True Grit."

Bridges originally envisioned his father, the late Lloyd Bridges, in the title role. Now, at sixty-one, the junior Bridges feels ready for The Giver. The 1993 Newbery Award-winning novel by Lois Lowry tells the story of a boy named Jonas, afloat in a utopian society where all appears perfect – until he inherits the lifelong position of "Receiver of Memory." Young Jonas is tasked with spending his twelfth year with The Giver, a man who holds all memories of the way things were prior to the society's utopian switch, and who, in his wise, old way, will train Jonas to do the same, disillusioning him once and for all.

Is there anyone more perfect than Bridges to take on this role? We think he's just the man for the job. Do you agree?

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  • kai winding

    The Giver is a fascinating novel and Bridges will be perfect for the role!

  • debi

    ABSOLUTELY AGREE 100% ... He is such a joy to watch, even if the movie is not so good, he is always soooooo good!!!

  • Rebekkah

    I love this book. Not sure how it'll translate to film though, mainly the part about color. I think he's perfect for the role of Keeper.

    • auria

      Why not just film in black-and-white?

      I sure hope that's what they choose.

    • Dave

      I imagine it will be like Pleasantville. I couldn't agree more with the casting choice.

    • Angela

      They did a good job with black and white to color in the movie Pleasantville. I'm hoping it will do well, this is one of my favorite books.

  • jan

    Jeff Bridges is one of my very favorite actors. He's a great, and until recently, under-appreciated actor, who can make any character absolutely believable. He'll shine in this role.

  • http://facebook, kathryn bencriscutto,

    Yes I see him deserving encomium as one of the few who could play this role, he is the encumbant virtual Everyman, with one foot in each in each world, stepping and standing from future to past, past to future, while tasting the flavor for us of the old and new paradines with human fervor and balancing the blend.

  • http://facebook, kathryn bencriscutto,

    Yes I see him deserving encomium as one of the few who could play this role, he is the encumbant virtual Everyman, with one foot in each world, stepping and standing from future to past, past to future, while tasting the flavor for us; being the living parodox with human fervor holding the balance. Like old and new testament he could host the composite and filter the blend. Much like Nick Nolte in silent warrior.

  • Todd B

    If he spends all his time on this movie when will he ever finish Tron 3D: Legacy of the Legendary Legacy

  • Peter Mutch

    I can only think of one man who would be more fitting for this role.

    That man is Morgan Freeman.

  • Kyle

    Absolutely perfect, casting anyone else would border on criminal.

  • Lee

    Sean Connery would also be nice in a "punch the keys" reality check kind of way.

  • Thom

    Robin Williams would have been the best for this role.

  • xeper

    Nothing about his character in The Fisher King?

  • Zachary

    I always pictured Anthony Hopkins as the giver. With a beard, like the guy on the cover.

  • twinner42

    I think Bridges would pull it off flawlessly, but as others have said the color issue is probably the biggest hitch. You don't even realize that everyone sees monochrome until half-way through the story. I don't know how they would pull it off with the same impact, but I hope they do.

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