Is it too early to start predictions for next year’s Oscars? “Wonder,” which stars Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay, will release on Nov. 17 of this year, according to Variety. The film was originally scheduled for this spring.
It’s too soon to know if the film will factor into the awards season, but according to Variety, Lionsgate had a good reason to make the change:
The decision was made after “Wonder” had a strong reaction from test screening audiences, particularly those with families. Lionsgate believes the new date will be more commercially viable.
The film is an adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s bestselling novel of the same name.
In the film, Tremblay, who stunned audiences last year with his performance opposite Brie Larson in “Room,” stars as Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity who is attending public school for the first time. Jack Thorne and Steve Conrad adapted the script, and Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) directed.
In addition to Roberts and Tremblay, Tony winner and “Homeland” actor Mandy Patinkin and Owen Wilson also star.
Patinkin’s role has not been disclosed. Wilson will play the role of Auggie’s father, while Roberts will play his mother.
“Wonder” was first published in February 2012, and has been consistently ranked as a New York Times best-seller. The story was inspired by Palacio’s experience with her youngest son. One day when they were getting ice cream, her son (who was just 3-years-old at the time) started crying after being sat down next to a girl with facial deformities. In an attempt to ameliorate the situation, Palacio moved her son away from the girl, but ultimately ended up causing more of a scene when their ice cream spilled. An interview with the author claims that “as Palacio reflected on the situation, she realized that there was a teachable moment that she had missed,” which is what first led her to write the story.
Stay tuned for more info on “Wonder.”