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Brenton Thwaites has been cast as Jonas in the upcoming adaptation of The Giver.

According to Deadline, Thwaites beat out several other upcoming actors for the lead role of Jonas. Thwaites will be starring opposite Jeff Bridges, who is also producing the film.

Jonas is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory in his seemingly Utopian society. He bonds with the current Receiver played by Bridges. Throughout the story Jonas discovers the lies and deception his society is built on.

Philip Noyce will direct the adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 dystopian children’s novel. The movie is set to start filming in South Africa this fall. The screenplay was adapted by Vadim Perelman with a rewrite by Michael Mitnick.

Brenton Thwaites is an Australian actor who is best known for his work on Home and Away. He has also just finished several projects, including Son of a Gun and The Signal. He was also cast as the Prince in Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

With the casting of Thwaites as Jonas, it is clear that the character will be aged up from the 11-year-old in the book. Does it change the story for you if the characters are aged up?

What do you think of Brenton Thwaites as Jonas?

  • Bob

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! He can’t be Jonas! There goes one Giver fan.

  • zara

    he auditioned for four, and lost it to theo james, he auditioned for augustes and lost that to ansel elgort. finally he auditioned for a book to movie adaptation and landed the part.

  • Guest

    he auditioned for four and lost it to theo james, then he auditioned for augustes and that to ansel elgort. finally he auditioned for the lead in a movie adaptation and landed the the role.

    • Guest

      I could see him as Four (Theo James is just so NOT how I pictured Four) but, I have issues with them aging up The Giver. I was almost screaming when I went to see Percy Jackson, as well as Ender’s Game. Aging up the characters in The Giver is equally terrible. It was just SO important in the book! I didn’t have any problems with Hunger Games or Divergent (they’re going to be 18 in that one) but those were minor age jumps. What these people are doing is trying to become the next Harry Potter but, the one thing they’re not doing (that Harry Potter did) is keeping the characters the way they’re written.

  • Dra

    I’m not normally one to bag out actors, but this kid is terrible. I live in Australia and saw him in a horrible Skins rip-off called Slide and he was shocking. I watched part of Blue Lagoon: Awakening and had to turn it off because he was so bad. He’s far too good looking for a role that should be more everyday looking. Miles Heizer is perfect for the part, such a shame he didn’t get it.

  • robownage

    Way, way too old for this role. I don’t even see how it’ll make sense without changing key details.

    • Rosalie David

      maybe they’ll bump up the ages for all of the ceremonies or just continue them till 16 or 18.

  • Colin

    Yay!!!!! :D

  • charbison

    Aging the characters will result in changing major details from the book (Aging Ceremonies). During the Aging Ceremonies, the children would gain certain “responsibilities” based upon their age, therefore changing this would be cataclysmic. And Jonas’ age in the book made the strength that he already possessed seem much more signifigant, because he was so young. Based on the numerous other actors they had taken into consideration for the role of Jonas, Brenton Thwaites was by far one of the the bottom contendors in my opinion.

  • Allison L.

    my initial thought is too old..BUT I’m not going to try to not make up my mind till I see him, because I do think that acting ability trumps age or looks. (who knows, he could be like Eddie Redmayne who seems to always be playing ‘way’ under his actual age)

  • Samma

    Trying to be understand and judgement free until the movie comes out…but it seems like this is full of really terrible changes.

  • Laura Jurgensmeyer

    I don’t think it will change the story much if they age him. They can just have the ceremonies a little later. I always pictured him older than an eleven year old anyway. This is one of my favorite books, and I’m so excited!

    • charbison

      I completely disagree. The fact that Jonas is only 12 and facing these violent memories is what is so horrifying about this book. He is burdened with the painful memories that those in the community cannot endure. As his training advances, Jonas begins to crave genuine emotion, so he stops taking his pill, for he wants to be capable of making a choice. Age is severely signifigant in this book and without it, the film won’t have the same impact.

      • Alexander Smith

        Exactly. This decisions does not give justice to the fantastic novels, plus the pills seem pointless now because children hit puberty at 12-13 not 18.

  • Victoria

    I had no idea there’s going to be a movie, I really liked the concept of the book but I thought the end was awful.

    • Guest

      Read Gathering Blue and Messenger by Lois Lowry. Messenger explains what happens to Jonas and Gabe (but you have to be quick to catch it)

  • Sofia Malik

    Eh… I guess they could change the ceremony of 12 into a ceremony of 18 or something. I’ve always thought that the giver is one of those books that would be either really amazing or really horrible if adapted as a movie. Right now I’m not really sure which one it is …

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    In ender’s game, I could understand the need to age them up, but I don’t get why they need to do it for this movie. It’s not that hard to take some makeup and make a 15/16 yr old look 11/12. I felt that age was very important in this book, specifically with the aging ceremonies. Although age was important in ender’s game, I think it was more about youth and innocence rather than age. I’m trying to hold out and wait for at least a trailer before I start judging, but I’m not liking what I’m seeing so far.

  • sherry905

    I will wait until the trailer to make a final judgement, though I’m not sure how much they could change his appearance to make him look as young as Jonas, even with the advanced hair and makeup these days… also, I know to some it would seem like minor detail, but I really hope we’ll see him with blue contacts in the film.

  • aliceyak

    I’m sorry, but it does affect my want to see the movie. They did it with Percy Jackson, and even though the movie was ok it could have been SO much better if they’d just done the evidently ‘risky’ or ‘unpopular for the time’ thing and stuck with the ages in the book. It just didn’t feel like they were confident enough it would be a series/franchise.

    But I could sorta understand and make a case for it. Teen and young adult fiction movies are the hot ticket right now, so an age-up with an attractive teen/YA cast can (I suppose) make some sort of sense for an adventure series like PJ&tO.

    Giver though – even if it as a sequel – can be a standalone book in itself. I really feel that the fact that he is a kid and what he ends up learning about the world that the adults don’t and can’t even see… and then the ending with what’s gonna happen to him and his baby brother… it just feels much more interesting and compelling to watch an 11-year-old go through that than a teen. his is not a Teen/YA fantasy, or a Teen/YA dystopia novel with a romance subplot or something. It just seems to me like a superfluous change made to draw the crowds that are seeing all the book-to-movie adaptations.

    I’m sure this guy is a great actor and a very nice person. I don’t have anything against him. He’s cute, but IMO not right for this. Give him a year or two and he can be Wolf in Lunar Chronicles, how about that? :P

    • DJ

      I agree 100 percent. However HE IS NOT EVEN A TEEN! HE IS 24! He should not play an 11 year old.

  • Rebecca

    Jeff Bridges is totally appropriate as The Giver, if a bit old, but this guy they want as Jonas is totally wrong. I could see him as Jonas in Son, maybe, but not The Giver.

  • JUScribe

    I’ve wanted to see this book adapted to a movie for a long time but after hearing the casting for Jonas, I’m already having serious doubts about the movie. And that’s saying something because I’m a big fan of the book. They made the biggest mistake to blow off the age of the character by casting someone almost double the age of the Jonas. I’m not sure what was behind the decision (eg. sex appeal or attract teen girls, or something else) If the person casted was 14 or 15 they probably could have still pulled it off without too much complaints. By changing the age of the character that majorly impacts the plot like the aging ceremonies and the whole concept of innocence. Even the little things like the stirrings pill will lose meaning for a character that is already past puberty! I’m surprised they couldn’t find any preteens for the role.

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