Finally! Official Trailer for The Giver Is Out

Brenton Thwaites in The Giver

The Weinstein Company

updated 03/19/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 03/19/2014 AT 11:55 AM ET

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.


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