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Published: Monday September 30, 2013 MYT 12:25:00 PM
Updated: Monday September 30, 2013 MYT 1:39:54 PM

Taylor Swift will act in The Giver

It seems like singer Taylor Swift is interested in making a name for herself in the movie world. She will be seen in the movie 'The Giver' alongside Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. -- AFP/Frederic J. Brown

It seems like singer Taylor Swift is interested in making a name for herself in the movie world. She will be seen in the movie 'The Giver' alongside Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. -- AFP/Frederic J. Brown

The singer will be joining multiple award-winning actress Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in the film adaptation.

Taylor Swift has joined the cast of The Weinstein Company and Walden Media’s adaptation of The Giver, the two companies announced last weekend.

The singer, who has only a few acting credits to her name, joins Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes in the film that kicks off production in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct 7.

Swift is best known for her music, but previously appeared in hit romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, and voiced a main character in 2012 animated hit Dr Seuss’ The Lorax. Swift last appeared on the small screen last spring in the season finale of Fox comedy The New Girl.

Phil Noyce (Salt) will direct the dystopian future film from a screenplay by Michael Mitnick (The Current War). Bridges, who plays the titular character responsible for storing and passing on an entire society’s memories from the past, will produce with Nikki Silver and Neil Konigsberg.

Ralph Winter, Scooter Braun and Alison Owen executive producing. The Giver focuses on a young boy (Thwaites) who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

The book, by author Lois Lowry, was the winner of multiple awards, including the 1994 Newbury Medal. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 29 languages. It is Harper Collins number one selling children’s eBook, outselling all other top teen novels including the Harry Potter series. — Reuters

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