The Dude will play The Giver

This news gives me “stirrings”! Oh, you don’t get that? Stirrings are sexual desires in the world of The Giver, a book we had to read in 6th or 7th grade about a distopian future where there is no pain or suffering (physical or emotional), no color and everyone lives in highly regulated communities where people basically operate like ants. Early teens get their  role in life assigned to them, be it builder or planner or my favorite: breeder (girls chosen to be breeders have 3 children and then do hard labor for the rest of their lives). When the protagonist of the story has a dream where he wants to bathe a girl in his school and tells his parental units (family groups arent biologically related in this world) about it they note that its no big deal and its just time for him to start taking his stirrings pills that make those thoughts go away. Later he is chosen to be the new Giver and you find out that the Giver is basically a human time capsule of all the stuff they’ve removed from this society. He grabs onto his heir and does a Vulcan Mind Meld thing and passes along visions of love, life, nature, color, independent thought and so on which makes him rebel against the confines of his world a lot like Pleasantville. Via Word and film:

Jeff Bridges is stepping up to take on Lois Lowry’s The Giver alongside producer Nikki SilverFirstShowing reports. The pair has been working toward bringing the young adult novel to the silver screen for years, but encountered a few substantial hurdles along the way – including Warner Bros’ acquisition of the movie rights back in 2007. But this week things are working in Bridges’ favor, much to our delight.

Here’s what we adore most about Jeff Bridges: Drop the man into any role, and sit back and watch as he fully morphs into character – from 1984?s “Starman” (a true lesson in heartbreak and aliens, if you’ve never seen it), to the fabulous Jack Baker in 1989?s “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” then on to the extraordinary “The Big Lebowski,” straight through to his Academy Award-winning turn in 2009 as Bad Blake in “Crazy Heart” and Oscar-nominated performance as Rooster Cogburn in last year’s “True Grit.”

Bridges originally envisioned his father, the late Lloyd Bridges, in the title role. Now, at sixty-one, the junior Bridges feels ready for The Giver. The 1993 Newbery Award-winning novel by Lois Lowry tells the story of a boy named Jonas, afloat in a utopian society where all appears perfect – until he inherits the lifelong position of “Receiver of Memory.” Young Jonas is tasked with spending his twelfth year with The Giver, a man who holds all memories of the way things were prior to the society’s utopian switch, and who, in his wise, old way, will train Jonas to do the same, disillusioning him once and for all.