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Sunday 28 December 2014

Bridges at Comic-Con for The Giver

Jeff Bridges attended The Giver press line at Comic-Con International in San Diego
Jeff Bridges attended The Giver press line at Comic-Con International in San Diego

Jeff Bridges has revealed it has taken almost two decades to bring The Giver to life.

The Oscar-winning actor, producer, director and musician was on hand alongside some of his fellow cast members to show off footage from Phillip Noyce's upcoming big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry's young adult novel at San Diego's Comic-Con.

"It was a terrific children's book but also I enjoyed it so much as an adult and loved its themes and poetry," said the Tron star.

"I tried to get it made for 18 or 19 years and it proved to be difficult because it was controversial. Lois and I were in Las Vegas at a banned book conference [discussing it.] But it was taught in schools. That controversy scared some financiers away but it inspired some and I am so glad The Weinstein Company and Walden had the courage to put this out."

Jeff originally envisioned that his late father, Lloyd Bridges, would play the titular role, but he ultimately cast himself as The Giver.

An extended trailer shown at the pop-culture convention began with black-and-white footage chronicling the dystopian setting of the book.

Lois noted that the book, which was originally released in 1993, caused a stir because there are scenes where a baby is killed and a young boy bathes an elderly woman, the latter of which won't be in the finished movie.

The 77-year-old author also said she wanted to rewrite Meryl Streep's character of the Chief Elder after watching footage of the Oscar-winning actress.

"It was a small role in the book. I wanted to go back into the book and make the role of the Chief Elder what Meryl did with it. She makes it into something so complex and fascinating," she said.

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