Soon to hit theaters is the highly-anticipated film "The Giver." The film is an adaption of the young adult novel by Lois Lowry and concludes the 20-year struggle by actor Jeff Bridges to bring this science fiction drama to the silver screen. "The Giver" boasts a cast of incredible stars. Along with Jeff Bridges, the film stars Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Kate Holmes and Taylor Swift. But "The Giver," also features four young talented actors that are integral element to tell the story of "The Giver."
Starring as the protagonist Jonas in "The Giver" is young actor Brenton Thwaites. The story of "The Giver" is seen through the eyes of Jonas, as he takes on training with the current Giver, played by Jeff Bridges, and prepares to become the new Receiver of Memories.
As part of his training, Jonas receives a succession of memories that generate an elation of feeling by seeing the world in color and feeling emotion - which are completely new to his life experiences. But on the flip side, he has to also experience the horrific memories like death, loss and warfare.
Thwaites commented on his role in the film: “I think it’s a very classic coming-of-age story and it touches on emotions that we all go through; love, pain, betrayal, and a natural hunger for life and adventure. As a kid I definitely wanted to travel and experience things. I think Jonas does exactly that towards the end of the journey when he finally escapes.”
Thwaites is a graduate of Queensland University of Technology. His debuting role was as Sam in the thriller "Charge Over You." He starred in a few productions for Australian television including the series "Home and Away, " "SLiDE" and "Sea Patrol."
Thwaites' break-out role was in the Lifetime movie in 2012 "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening." The acclaim he received for his portrayal of the youthful Dean Mulligan led to his casting in the recent Disney hit "Maleficent." Co-starring alongside Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, Thwaites played Prince Charming in this remake of "Sleeping Beauty."
After the release of "The Giver," Thwaites can be seen in the crime-thriller, "Son of a Gun," in which he stars with Golden Globe nominated actor Ewan McGregor ("Salmon Fishing in the Yemon"). And in November, he will be starring opposite Helen Hunt in the road trip film "Ride."
Thwaites has just finished working in the film "Gods of Egypt," in which he has the lead role and will star alongside Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ("Game of Thrones") and fellow Australian actor and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush ("Shine").
Thwaites is one of Hollywood's most exciting new talents and definitely an actor that has the likelihood of rising to top star status very soon.
"The Giver" also features two young talents that are stars to keep an eye out for in the future. Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan star in "The Giver" as two best friends of Jonas. Before Jonas is chosen for his special role in his world, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), Fiona (Odeya Rush) and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) are a tight trio of friends.
While Jonas is designated to hold all the feeling and memories of his people, Asher is given a more pleasurable job as Assistant Director of Recreation. Cameron Monaghan describes his character Asher: “He's the kid who had some discipline issues when he was a younger. So, he’s no stranger to the discipline game, and that’s how the Chief Elder describes him."
He continues, “At the beginning Jonas is the model citizen, while Asher was always the one who was a little bit on the edge. Then as Jonas starts to defy the system and move against it, Asher becomes a pawn in it. He's the guy who ends up chasing after Jonas."
Cameron Monaghan has guest starred on numerous television dramas, including "NCIS" and "Law & Order: SVU." He is currently a series regular on the Showtime hit "Shameless." He is in the fourth season playing Ian Gallagher, son of Frank Gallagher, co-starring alongside Oscar nominated actor William H. Macy ("Fargo) and Golden Globe nominated actress Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera").
In addition to his television roles, Monaghan starred in the 2014 film "Vampire Academy," will be starring in the 2015 horror flick "Amityville" and it has just been announced that Cameron will star opposite "Harry Potter" star Bonnie Wright in the family drama "All Hail the Squash Blossom Queen."
Actress Odeya Rush plays the last character of the trio, Fiona. The 17-year-old actress spoke about how she missed reading "The Giver" in school. “I was moving from one school and they were reading it the year I left, and then when I moved to the new school they had just read it. I had seen posters all over from the projects that had been done on 'The Giver,' so of course I knew about it. All my friends read it, but I just missed it.”
Odeya Rush plays a Nurturer in "The Giver," and to prepare for her role she volunteered at a hospital, "Even though I have four younger brothers and I was around when they were babies, I wanted to get a natural feeling at a bona fide facility.”
During the course of the film, Jonas develops romantic feeling for Fiona. “It’s a dream project. There is nothing like it out there. Students in middle school are going through the similar experiences to Jonas, and I think that will be gravitational for a younger audience,” she says. “We are telling a very moving and beautiful story, from tremendous talent.”
Actor Jeff Bridges said, “Odeya is an amazing young actress. In the casting process I remember just being knocked out by her initial presence there.”
Odeya Rush was born in Israel. She gained overnight notoriety for her role in the Disney film "The Odd Live of Timothy Green," also starring Golden Globe winning actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias"). She had to compete with over a thousand of other young actresses for the part. Rush has also guest starred in the television series "Law & Order: SVU" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Rush has just complete two new films, the comedy "See You in Valhalla," that will be released later this year and the horror film "Goosebumps," that is slated to be released in 2015. It has just recently been announced that Rush will star in the all-star comedy "The Locals," which features Vera Farmiga, John Turturro and Shirley MacLaine.
Rounding out the young talent in "The Giver," is the role of Jonas' younger sister Lily that is played by seven-year-old Emma Tremblay. Emma is an advanced reader and has read "The Giver," and says, "What stood out for me in the book is that everyone is the same. I was wondering how that would have worked in the movie!”
Speaking about her role, Emma commented, “Lily is a really sweet, energetic girl, but she is also nosey and wants to know what everyone is talking about and what’s going in their lives. She's a really fun role to play and I am super excited because it’s a movie that my friends can see.”.
Emma starred in the science fiction film "Elysium," which also starred Jodie Foster and Matt Damon. She was also featured in the Hallmark television movie "Let it Snow." She just completed the drama "Judge," which will open the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival next month and she will also star in the holiday television film "Santa's Little Helper."
"The Giver" will be put into a wide release on Friday, Aug. 15.
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