Julia Roberts to star in adaptation of Palacio’s ‘Wonder’
According to reports from Entertainment Weekly, Lionsgate Films has a screen adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s best selling 2012 novel, Wonder in the works. The book tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a 10-year old boy with extensive facial deformities who wants to transition from homeschool to a mainstream private school. Julia Roberts is slated to play Auggie’s mother, while child actor Jacob Tremblay will play the role of Auggie. Tremblay is best known for his portrayal of Jack Newsome in the award-winning 2015 adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room.
Wonder was hailed by many as the best juvenile fiction book of 2012, with the Huffington Post declaring it “a glorious exploration of the nature of friendship, tenacity, fear, and most importantly, kindness.” The book even inspired a viral benevolence campaign called #ChooseKind, as well as three spin-off mini stories that were combined into a collection titled Auggie & Me last summer.
Though technically a kids’ book, parents of children of all ages would likely be well-served to crack open Wonder and maybe even learn something from it. Palacio has even called her novel a “meditation on kindness.” Whatever you want to call it, the book definitely shows you that it really somewhat takes courage to forge true friendships based on empathy and acceptance, rather than bullying and exclusion.
The adaptation of Wonder is currently set to release in theaters on April 7, 2017. Directing Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay on set will be author and director Stephen Chbosky, best known for directing the 2012 adaptation of his own book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Given the subject matter of that book and movie, Chbosky should be a perfect fit to direct Wonder.
Did you or your child read Wonder? What did you think? Should all children and their parents read this book – and will you see the movie? Give us your thoughts in the discussion section below!