Taylor Swift has been cast in The Giver, the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian young adult novel that kicks off production October 7 in South Africa ahead of a planned August 15, 2014 release via The Weinstein Company. Walden Media is co-financing and co-producing the film, which stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, and Cameron Monaghan. Philip Noyce is directing Michael Mitnick’s script based on the 1994 Newberry Award winner. The story centers on Jonas (Bridges), who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, 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. …

Rob Riggle has just joined the cast of Dumb and Dumber To playing identical twins. He joins Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal’s sequel from Red Granite. Kathleen Turner, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom also star. The pic is eyeing a summer 2014 release, 20 years after the original movie. Riggle, repped by WME and Principato-Young, is next up in 22 Jump Street and Fox’s Let’s Be Cops. His film credits include The Other Guys and Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.

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