Filming for The Giver, Lois Lowry's 1993 award-winning young adult novel, is now underway and singer Taylor Swift has snagged herself a plum role. According to E Online, Swift will play a supporting character in the film adaptation. Her costars include Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Cameron Monaghan, and Alexander Skarsgård, and the cast is already shooting on location in Cape Town, South Africa.
This certainly isn’t the first time that Swift has tried her acting chops. Among other things, the 23-year-old previously appeared in the romantic-comedy Valentine's Day and played a bit part in the Fox series New Girl. However, until now, Swift’s involvement with Young Adult literature has primarily been limited to movie soundtracks like her 2012 hits Safe and Sound and Eyes Open, which were featured in popular dystopian-novel-turned-flick The Hunger Games.
Like Games, The Giver is also a much-beloved Young Adult dystopian novel. It tells the story of Jonas, a boy living in a seemingly utopian world, and his progressive disillusionment with a society that gradually appears more and more broken. The book follows Jonas through the twelfth year of his life when he meets the “Giver,” a man who holds all the past history of their world. The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 5.3 million copies.
With such widely acclaimed material like this, will Swift be adding an Oscar to her collection of Grammys? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The Giver is set to hit theaters on August 15, 2014.