Katie Holmes scores role in a Meryl Streep & Jeff Bridges movie: whoa?

Katie Holmes

Consider this your periodic Katie Holmes news dump since we don’t write about her that much anymore. She’s been keeping to herself lately by enjoying girls nights out in NYC and holding it together professionally in her own way. Katie is currently designing her own Bobbi Brown make-up line, which is weird because she rarely ever bothers with make-up unless she’s at an event. These are photos of Katie at the opening of the new TAO nightclub in NYC. She went casual in jeans, a striped jacket, and a belly shirt. She’s having fun, and her hair looks great.

Katie Holmes

Current “it girl” Emily Ratajkowski was also in attendance too. I have such a girl crush on her.

Emily Ratajkowski

In a strange clash of worlds, Michael Shannon showed up. Mr. Supervillain wore a bright blue polo shirt and looks very orange.

Michael Shannon

Katie’s movie career is also on a bit of an upswing too. I am not convinced that her two most recently filmed projects, Mania Days (the wet t-shirt movie) and Miss Meadows (the cute outfits movie), will go anywhere at all. There’s some good news though — Katie just signed onto a Meryl Streep movie called The Giver:

Katie Holmes has closed a deal to join Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in The Giver, a drama from The Weinstein Co. and Walden Media that’s being directed by Phillip Noyce.

Brenton Thwaites is the young star of the sci-fi project, which tells of a society in which there is no conflict, racism or sickness.

Thwaites plays a young boy who is selected for his life service as the Receiver of Memories and works with The Giver (Bridges), an old man who teaches the boy to use his unique gifts of the senses. Streep is the society’s Chief Elder, an authoritative and antagonistic woman who assigns the young their tasks.

Holmes will play Thwaites’ mother, a strict obeyer of the laws that govern what is described as an antiseptic society.

The movie, which is eyeing a budget of around $25 million, is being produced by Nikki Silver of Tonik Productions along with Neil Koenigsberg and Bridges.

Michael Mitnick wrote the most recent script adapting the Lois Lowry YA novel.

A shoot in South Africa is being planned, although it is likely that Steep will shoot her scenes in England, where she is filming Disney’s Into the Woods.

[From Hollywood Reporter]

This sounds like an excellent career decision on Katie’s part. Her role isn’t too big and doesn’t sound demanding, but with Meryl and Jeff Bridges on board, people will actually watch this movie.

Here’s a few more photos of Katie’s street style over the past few weeks. Note: The fug booties are back. How do they still exist? She’s worn them so many times.

Katie Holmes

More boot madness follows. Girl needs a boot makeover. She looks so happy though!

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. Birdie says:

    She looks really happy! She’s the kind of of woman I only wish the best! A few years ago she was a joke, Katie was called robotic and Stepford Wife, but now she just seems content.

    • Liv says:

      Me too, I like her more and more.

      Much respect for pulling herself together and turning Suri into a normal child. I hope she gets her foot in the acting door again.

      Apart from that her fashion sense is not existent. Good god, doesn’t she have a stylist?

      • LadyMTL says:

        Same here, I can’t even imagine how difficult it must have been for her to extricate herself (and Suri, obv) from the clutches of the COS. I wish her well.

        As for her style…eehhhh. I don’t hate the plaid top that she’s wearing in the 3rd pic from the bottom but as for the rest, I can only shrug.

    • Eleonor says:

      Me too! And since she’s quit Tom Cruise crazy ass she looks 10 years younger!

    • Sassy says:

      She is a fairly good actress, and not pretty in a conventional sense, so her acting future may be very long and stable. She has the obvious luxury of not having to take roles that aren’t in her best interest (like Meryl). So if she is astute in the roles she chooses, she could be a fine and continuously employed character actress as she ages.

  2. T.fanty says:

    Congratulations to her, I guess. She sold her soul, her freedom and her baby for fame and she’s finally back to the level of respectability she was before she made her Faustian bargain with her midget Mephistopheles. Nice work, Katie.

    • Kiddo says:


    • j.eyre says:

      What a dynamite response. Perfect.

    • Kim1 says:

      Or she fell madly in love with a jerk.Been there ,got the tshirt and got back my self esteem. BTW my jerk was abusive as well.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Perfect answer! She is vain, ambitious, and also a liar (remember the marathon? And all those “how did you meet” questions? Not to mention wherever Suri came from and when) – plus her acting is mediocre at best. But judging by the responses here she is still riding the “Go Katie!” popularity wave for leaving Tiny Tom. She was incredibly lucky that her father got her out. She thought Tommy was her ticket to being the next Nicole Kidman. Looks like she hasn’t given up yet.

      • Kiddo says:

        I see what you are saying, but the relationship was calculated by Cruise as well. A lot of Hollywood relationships are calculated and many aren’t real. I just think that the level of control was in cruise’s favor during whatever relationship/contract they had, he seems bonkers, so extricating herself away from him looks victorious.

      • T.fanty says:

        Oh, Cruise is vile. You won’t hear a peep from me on that. But, I can’t get on board with the Free Katie brigade as she willingly sold herself, her faith, and her child, for money and fame. Maybe she should have put a little more thought into the ethics of doing that and thought for a second about the people he was involved with. She took a gamble and lost. If someone wants to sell their soul, that’s their prerogative, but I’m not going to give them an ounce of sympathy when they suddenly realize that hell is REALLY hot and doesn’t serve margaritas.

      • ANNE says:

        T.fanty: You said it all. In this “marriage” only innocent Suri. Katie has sold her soul for fame and money, not to mention the uterus.
        After wanted posing mother heroine.

  3. Amy says:

    Sounds as if she’s doing what she wants to do without any oversight. Good for her!

  4. Annie says:

    Gosh, for a while there she seemed so miserable. I love seeing her so happy.

  5. kaykay says:

    Van Alden

  6. Kiddo says:

    Emily Ratajkowski sort of resembles a younger Katie Holmes in that photo. Good for Katie, but those skinny jeans look awful. In the last photo, she is channeling Dianne Keaton’s quirky-girl style, which actually suits her better.

  7. Buckwild says:

    That role is perfect for her. I remember the parents being like robots in the book.

  8. neelyo says:

    I wonder if she’s back the manager she had before Cruise. I can’t remember the guy’s name but he had her on a great career track which was derailed by that whole debacle.

    • Nono says:

      Really? I remember her doing one or two really small movies until she met Tom Cruise, after which she finally got cast in bigger roles, which she failed to do anything with.

      • Sisi says:

        she was in Batman Begins before she was with Cruise

      • Nono says:

        Sisi, I remember her being in Batman Begins after she met Cruise. Are you sure?

      • cr says:

        Batman Begins was filmed in 2004 and released in 2005, so before she met Cruise.

      • Sisi says:

        @ Nono

        The promotion of Batman Begins coincided with Cruise but the film was cast and shot way before the two met iirc.

      • Nono says:

        I stand corrected. I’m shocked she managed to get on a Nolan film. Then again, this was before he became blockbuster successful.

        To be fair, I hated Maggie in the role, while I kind of enjoyed Katie even though she can’t act. She’s likable, if little else.

    • Penny says:

      I heard Cruise had his agent arrange a meeting with Katie when he saw her screening or audition for Batman Begins. Very parallel to how he met Kidman – he saw her screening for a movie pre-Days of Thunder and also arranged a meeting then. Ewe. Creepy.

  9. Jess says:

    I am more curious that they’re making The Giver into a movie. Loved that book as a kid.

  10. janie says:

    This woman can’t act her way out of a paper sack. The only reason she has any work at all is because of her X. She’s cute, perky & nice like tons of other gals her age in NY.

  11. Tessaa says:

    I’ve always kinda liked her, and I’m glad she’s finally back to “normal”.

    Also, I think it should be mentioned that she will play Alex Skarsgard’s wife in The Giver. I mean, that’s another win for her right?

  12. rianic says:


    Holmes will play Thwaites’ mother, a strict obeyer of the laws that govern what is described as an antiseptic society

    That should be easy for her

  13. cr says:

    She’ll be playing the Mother to Alexander’s Skarsgard’s Father. Neither roles are that big, unless expanded from the book. Same with Streep’s role.
    No mention of Taylor Swift also getting a role?

  14. andrea says:

    That emily girl is the chick ftom the blurred lines video, right?

  15. Sparkly says:

    Wow, she looks like her old self again! I’m happy for her.

  16. L says:

    I loved the Giver when I was a kid. I’m leary of it as a movie, it’s not this big blockbuster book-it has a lot of very well thought out themes. I wonder if they’ll end up making it a series since there were 4 books in the end.

    Who are they getting to play Jonas?

    • Jen says:

      This guy – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4154798/

      he’s 20-something but he’ll be playing a teenager. Some people were angry that he’s older than in the book, but Lois Lowry has read the script and said she’s fine with it.

      This is the girl playing Fiona, she’s really beautiful – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3843467/

      • Mel says:

        Oh no, a 20 years old? The characters are much younger and their actions represent that in that book. I’m not sure how excited I am about this movie now.

    • L says:

      Not a teenager-a 11 year old. Jonas is supposed to be 11 at the beginning of the book, at the job ceremony where he’s given the task of the receiver of memory is when he turns 12. That’s bizarre to have a 20 year old playing him. And how will they do the rest of the books if that’s their plan? Way to old.

      I know lowry gave her blessing, but I don’t know. I’m giving it the side eye until shown otherwise.

      • Jen says:

        He will be playing a 16 year old.

        They don’t plan on doing the rest of the books (which are crap anyway). It’s a stand alone movie.

  17. Jen says:

    Wow Joey Potter is that you?

  18. Nicolette says:

    Who cares about what boots she’s wearing or whether she needs a make over? Her best ‘accessory’ is her natural, genuine smile! Love seeing her happy and relaxed. Gone are the days of zombie like, blank stares. Good for her!

  19. Ashling says:

    But do Katie and Alex seem like they would be married? Hmmm.

    • Jen says:

      Have you read the book? I mean I don’t want to give spoilers away, but the future society they live in, it doesn’t really work like that.

  20. Sisi says:

    I love that shirt in the pic with the fug booties

  21. Jayna says:

    She actually was a good actress when younger in her little movies. She lost something for me when she got her nose job. I loved her face before. It was less generic.

    Before and after.

  22. mslewis says:

    . . . but with Meryl and Jeff Bridges on board, people will actually watch this movie.

    Not necassarily. Meryl is a great actress but not exactly box office gold. Her movies are almost always praised and she does a dynamite job but they are hardly big box office (Mama Mia, anyone?) Plus, Katie most likely won’t actually be working alongside Meryl since both roles are rather small.

    What I think is really good about Katie doing this movie is that the director is Philip Noyce. Having his name on your resume is a good thing. He might be able to bring out some good acting from her, even though her part isn’t that big.

  23. Shelly says:

    I want her slouchy bag from the last pic. Like now!

  24. C says:

    Sounds like this new role is a good one for her; in The Giver, the main character’s mother is a nice, compliant, rather vanilla sort of person, and will be well-suited to her acting style.

  25. ZAK says:

    Mama Mia was a huge smash, it made 609mil worldwide. Last year Hope Springs made 114mil worldwide. It’s Complicated made 219mil worldwide and Julie and Julia made 130mil worldwide. Even Streep’s smaller prestige films like Doubt and Iron Lady made over 30mil. She’s actually been doing very well box office wise these past 5 or so years.

    The Giver doesn’t interest me but it’s going to make that 25 mil budget back.

  26. apsutter says:

    Those booties are fug but she looks really pretty in all these pics

  27. nilber says:

    Apparently Taylor Swift has also been cast in this movie although I don’t know what role.

    • cr says:

      She’s playing Rosemary, who had been previously chosen as the next Receiver of Memories.
      In the book it’s a small role.

    • kibbles says:

      Ugh. Swift has very little musical talent and absolutely no acting talent. She just continues to get small roles so that her fangirls will see the movie. It is purely a financial decision. I can’t believe she will be in the same movie as Streep?! Something is not right in the world.

  28. Claire says:

    My daughter came home with this book from the library recently and I had never heard of it before. It was brilliant. Not sure about the movie, without spoiling things there’s this whole strange colour thing and I am not sure how they will deal with it. Plus the boy is so innocent to start with, no questioning – using a 20 year old man won’t be the same.