Based on the classic YA novel, the movie stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift

By Wade Rouse
Updated March 19, 2014 11:55 AM
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The highly anticipated movie trailer for The Giver certainly looks like a winner.

Although the movie’s mega-stars – Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift – are only briefly seen and heard, if at all, the trailer promises a chilling retelling of the now-classic story.

The Giver is based on the beloved, Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel by Lois Lowry about a boy who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity.

It is not until he is chosen to become the “Receiver of Memory,” according to the novel, that he begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

The trailer will begin appearing in theaters March 20, according to Today, which aired an exclusive look at the film on Wednesday.

The Giver opens in theaters on Aug. 15.