So, I got a copy of The Giver from the library and read it while on vacation last week. I wish I had when it came out when I was 14. It's a great story, albeit a bit depressing at times. I don't want to give away spoilers but suffice it to say that I liked the ending.
Meryl's role will be rather short. She plays the Chief Elder. Her only scene in the book is when she announces each child's future occupation in an important annual ceremony. While reading that scene all I could picture was Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall. It will certainly be interesting to see how Meryl interprets the role. I don't imagine her having to do much soul searching for it. However, I think this film has the potential to make a shit-ton of money at the box office, so if that happens it'll be nice that Meryl's involved and widely seen.
In other news, a new production still for August: Osage County was released today. I think they titled it "thanks for agreeing to go supporting."