We've been hoping for a while that Jeff Bridges will really get his movie of Lois Lowry's classic novel The Giver off the ground. And that it'll be as good as it deserves to be. Now, there's a strong piece of evidence in favor of both notions: Meryl Streep could be joining the cast.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Streep is "in talks" to join Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in the film directed by Philip Noyce (The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Salt). The film would have a budget of around $25 million and film in South Africa. Adds THR:

Thwaites plays a young boy who is selected for his life service as the Receiver of Memories and works with The Giver (Bridges), an old man who teaches the boy to use his unique gifts of the senses. Streep will play the society’s Chief Elder, an authoritative and antagonistic woman who assigns the young their tasks.


All the fingers, crossed.