‘The Giver’ Writer Lois Lowry on the Thrill of Casting Meryl Streep

“The Giver” is an essential children's classic from the 1990s, and it took many, many years for the inevitable big screen adaptation to manifest. Now that author Lois Lowry's dystopian novel is a movie starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, it feels like the project was always destined to star screen legends — but it wasn't. Lowry and director Phillip Noyce opened up to us about bringing the novel to the big screen, the shock of finding out Meryl Streep was interested, and the heroes and heroines of literature they love most.