Michelle Williams Joins Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is having quite the year so far: two of her most recent films, “Manchester by the Sea” and “Certain Women,” showed at Sundance. Now it seems she’s adding another prestige pic to her résumé with Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck.”

“Wonderstruck” is Haynes’ follow-up to last year’s “Carol.” It is based on Brian Selznick’s (“Hugo”) award-winning book of the same name. The film does not have an official logline yet, but the book’s description is as follows:

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories — Ben’s told in words, Rose’s in pictures — weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.

Williams joins Julianne Moore and Amy Hargreaves (“Michael Clayton”) in the cast. Indiewire’s “The Playlist” confirms that Williams will play the role of Ben’s mom.

No word on a release or start date for the project, which is being produced and released by Amazon Studios.

Haynes and Williams previously worked together on “I’m Not There.” He also worked with Moore on 2002’s “Far From Heaven.” Variety was the first to report the casting news.