June 04, 2014 at 07:00 PM EDT

Let there be light (or color).

Jonas bursts out of his black-and-white world in the new trailer for The Giver, the YA film based on Lois Lowry’s beloved book. The clip may seem pretty dystopian paint by numbers (don’t question authority! etc.) — but, of course, Lowry wrote the book that all the others are borrowing from decades ago. Except in this version, Asher flies a plane.

For those unfamiliar with the tale (read the book!), the main character is Jonas (12 in the book, 16-ish here), a boy who is chosen to become the new Receiver of Memory — a.k.a. the only person who can recall what life was like before Sameness became the way of the land. As Jonas begins his training under the outgoing Receiver (Jeff Bridges), he realizes what people lose when they choose to take away everything hard and complicated.

Besides the pretty cool black-and-white to color change, the most exciting part of the trailer may be watching Meryl Streep and Bridges go toe to toe. Watch below — and know that if you completely forgot Alexander Skarsgard is in this movie, you’re not alone:

The Giver hits theaters Aug. 15.

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