Professional and perennial chameleon Meryl Streep has added two new items to her to-do list, and they couldn't be more different.
The first is an adaptation of "The Good House" by Ann Leary, the New York Times bestseller about an alcoholic realtor, Hildy Good (Streep), who's descended from one of the victims of the Salem witch trials. Robert De Niro is on board to play Hildy's old paramour, a role that will reunite the "Deer Hunter" co-stars and hopefully continue De Niro's return to form after missteps like "The Big Wedding." With Michael Cunningham on script duty, "The Good House" will surely attract a director of merit. De Niro's Tribeca Productions is producing, with FilmNation.
Streep is also circling "The Giver," an adaptation of the 1993 Lois Lowry YA novel. Dystopian young adult novels are all the rage these days, but if you take into account how many summer reading lists include this award-winning book, there's no doubt it's had an effect on the current literary trend.
In "The Giver"'s emotionless but perfect future, an 11-year-old boy named Jonas is tasked with becoming a Receiver of Memory. It gives him a taste of emotions and possibility, and that sort of hope makes him a danger to society -- and a target for folks like the chief Elder, whom Streep is in talks to play.
Up-and-comer Brenton Thwaites has been cast to play Jonas, with Alexander Skarsgard on board as his father. (Check yourself, Truebies: Skarsgard is slowly proving himself to be more than an extremely pretty face/chest/everything, with roles in films like "What Maisie Knew" and "The East.") Jeff Bridges is producing and will star opposite Thwaites as the Giver, otherwise known as the Dude who hands off memory-receiving duties. Phillip Noyce is directing.
The shoot will start in about eight weeks, so Streep better get cracking!
[via Indiewire, Deadline]