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Wonder

Published Date: 10/07/2017

 

 

“You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. 

Based on the New York Times 2012 bestseller from R.J. Palacio, Wonder is an award-winning book that has touched the hearts of children and parents worldwide. Wonder as it tells the courageous story of young August Pullman. Born with facial differences, by the time he’s 10, Auggie has had 27 surgeries to help him breathe, see, and hear without a hearing aid — but none have made him look like the other kids.

His facial disfigurements have, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school; however Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.

“It takes a lot of work to look this good” Auggie laughs after a classmate asks him if he’s considered reconstructive treatment.

As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Wonder stars Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Auggie. This is perfect casting. After his star making turn in the Oscar winning Room we know Tremblay has all the ingredients to convey the complexities and emotional and psychological journey of Auggie. It is an enduring performance and one that will underline further Tremblay as one of the finest child actors around.        

Playing his protective parents, Isabel and Nate Pullman are Julia Roberts (Money Monster, Pretty Woman), and Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris). Co-starring are Daveed Diggs, as an English teacher at Auggie’s school, Sonia Braga as Isabel’s mother, Homeland star Mandy Patinkin, Todd Lieberman, and David Hoberman.

Stephen Chbosky has adapted the book along with Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, A Long Way Down) and Steve Conrad (Unfinished Business) and Chbosky, who previously wrote and helmed the impressive Perks of a Wallflower, will also direct.

J. Palacio called her debut novel a 'meditation on kindness' and we can only agree. The overriding feeling inspired by the book is a greater appreciation for the simple course friendship. It is truly a life affirming tale of acceptance and our understanding of beauty.

The trailer offers plenty of heart and humour, and had us on the verge of tears, particularly when Roberts says, “Dear God please make them be nice to him.” There is likely not to be a dry eye when the final credits roll so be sure and have the hankies ready for its release!  

 

Wonder opens at Showcase on December 8 

 

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