Owen Wilson has signed on to co-star alongside Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay in the big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. In this intriguing coming of age tale, Wilson and Roberts will play the parents of Auggie (Tremblay), a young boy with a unique challenge.
Here is the official description, as quoted by ComingSoon.Net: “August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is, Auggie’s just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?”
Tremblay has been prolific during his short career, acting in a dozen projects since 2013, but his breakout role was playing the isolated five-year-old boy, Jack, opposite Brie Larson in the compelling 2015 drama Room.
The screenplay for Wonder is being written by Steve Conrad, best known for writing the script for the 2006 biographical drama The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie will be directed by author/filmmaker Stephen Chbosky, who had a hit a few years ago with another coming of age picture, the big screen adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Owen Wilson will next appear in the star-studded crime comedy Masterminds, out in September. Next year he will co-star with J.K. Simmons and Ed Helms in the comedy Bastards.
Wonder is set to premiere in theaters on April 7, 2017.