Meryl Streep Shines in The Giver Trailer

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“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.”

Meryl Streep is back in force in the new trailer for the screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, bringing the chilling authority of Miranda Priestly and the unbending determination of the Iron Lady to her portrayal of the Chief Elder. In short, she looks mean.

Besides the admittedly nifty black-and-white to color shift, the most exciting part of the trailer might be watching Streep and Jeff Bridges, who plays the titular character, go toe-to-toe. It’s hard to believe that these two have never been in a movie together. Honestly, amidst all the drama and paradigm-shifting emotional revelations, we kinda forgot that Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift (yes) were in this too.

The Giver hits theaters Aug. 15.

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