The Giver Movie Trailer: Watch Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges

Entertainment Mar. 19, 2014 AT 1:30PM

A gift from the Giver! The official trailer for the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved dystopian novel, The Giver, made its debut on the Today show Wednesday, March 19 — and it sure does look thrilling.

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The preview begins with a voiceover from Meryl Streep, who plays the Chief Elder in the movie. "From great suffering, great pain came a solution," she says. "Communities, where disorder became harmony."

The clip then cuts to Oscar-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, who plays the secret-keeping, memory-bearing character of the Giver in the flick. "The way things look, and the way things are, are very different," he tells his young successor Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites.

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Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgard, who play Jonas' parents in the film, also appear in the trailer, along with Taylor Swift, who's flashed across the screen in a brief memory-exchanging scene between Thwaites and Bridges. (The entire cast grew close while filming the movie last year in Cape Town, South Africa.)

The Giver
The Giver

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"There's something missing from our lives," says Odeya Rush, who plays Jonas' love interest Fiona in the Phillip Noyce-directed film. The spooky trailer ends with Streep, who quips, "When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong."

The Giver hits theaters on Aug. 15. Watch now!

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