Filming has recently concluded for Todd Haynes’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s highly acclaimed novel Wonderstruck. Following on the tremendous success of the Academy Award-winning film Hugo, Selznick’s previous film adaptation, Haynes has some big shoes to fill. However, Wonderstruck, starring Julianne Moore and spotlighting deaf culture, is fast becoming a must-see movie of 2017.
Here’s everything we know so far:
An Innovative Approach To Storytelling
Selznick’s Wonderstruck weaves together the stories of two deaf children set fifty years apart, one told in words, the other in drawings. In 1977, Ben longs to meet his father, while in 1927, Rose dreams of a mysterious actress. Their quests lead them both to New York City, where their narratives converge in an spectacular fashion.
Haynes is bringing this wonderful story to life on screen in the best way possible — Rose’s half of the movie will be shot as a silent film! This will allow the movie to stay faithful to the novel, capture the world through the eyes of Rose, and recreate the aesthetic of the silent film era.
It Will Be Produced By Amazon Studios
Over the past few years, Amazon has been making moves in the television and movie industries and Wonderstruck is their latest (and potentially biggest) project.
A Collaboration Between Todd Haynes And Brian Selznick
You might know Haynes from his last film, the critically acclaimed Carol. Earning six Academy Award nominations, Carol proved his superb ability to make the most of the story telling capacity of film. As Wonderstruck is extremely character driven, he’ll certainly bring Rose and Ben’s intricate stories vividly to life. With author Brian Selznick on board with the adaptation as screenwriter, there is no doubt that this movie will be anything other than excellent.
“Ben remembered reading about curators in 'Wonderstruck,' and thought about what it meant to curate your own life, as his dad had done here. What would it be like to pick and choose the objects and stories that would go in your own cabinet? How would Ben curate his own life? And then, thinking about his museum box, and his house, and his books, and the secret room, he realized he'd already begun doing it. Maybe, thought Ben, we are all cabinets of wonders.” — 'Wonderstruck' Brian Selznick
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Advocacy For Deaf Culture
The novel Wonderstruck is notable for its inventive look at what it’s like to be deaf in a hearing world, but that’s not all the movie will be known for. Wonderstruck will soon be making headlines for its unprecedented casting of multiple deaf or hard-of-hearing actors providing the deaf-acting community an invaluable opportunity for self-advocacy.
In fact, landing the leading role of Rose is 13-year-old deaf actress Millicent Simmonds. This is a breakout role for the young performer, as Wonderstruck will be her first time on the big screen. But she’s more than ready to play Rose and advocate for her community. Said Millie in an interview with KSL:
“I love being deaf because silence is beautiful and peaceful and ASL is a beautiful language.”
If Wonderstruck can capture the beauty of sign language, it will undeniably be a remarkable movie.
Actress Millicent Simmonds Will Star Alongside Julianne Moore
Millie won’t be the only one to watch in Wonderstruck, as the cast is full of star power. Michelle Williams (Broke Back Mountain) will take on a major role, while Okes Fergley (Pete’s Dragon) will star as Ben. Julianne Moore, the biggest name on the roster, is appearing in a dual role as actress Lillian Mayhew and the older version of Rose. With this much talent, Wonderstruck is sure to dazzle and amaze.
Crown Heights, Brooklyn Is Transported Back In Time
Wonderstruck was filmed in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and glimpses into the set reveal an incredible level of detail:
From Wonderstruck’s creative and powerful storytelling, to its advocacy for deaf-culture and excellent cast, it will easily make anyone’s list as one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.
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