SANTA MONICA, CA and VANCOUVER, BC, July 18, 2016 — Production on “Wonder” will commence today with stars Jacob Tremblay (Room), Julia Roberts (Money Monster, August: Osage County, Pretty Woman), and Owen Wilson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris). Todd Lieberman (Stronger, The Fighter) and David Hoberman (Stronger, The Fighter) will produce the Mandeville Films production. Participant Media and Walden Media have joined Lionsgate and TIK Films to co-finance and executive produce the film, which will be released April 7, 2017.
Also starring in the film are Noah Jupe ("The Night Manager," The Titan), Bryce Gheisar (Walk the Prank, A Dog’s Purpose), Izabela Vidovic (Homefront, Zombieland), Danielle Rose Russell (Aloha, A Walk Among the Tombstones), Millie Davis ("Odd Squad," "Orphan Black"), newcomer Elle McKinnon, recent Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Zootopia) and Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland," The Princess Bride).
Based on the New York Times bestseller from R.J. Palacio, “Wonder” is an award-winning book that has touched the hearts of children and parents worldwide as it tells the courageous story of young August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) will direct. He adapted the book along with Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, A Long Way Down) and Steve Conrad (Unfinished Business). Lionsgate has worldwide distribution rights.
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About Participant Media:
Participant Media (http://www.participantmedia.com/) is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant’s more than 70 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 50 Academy Award® nominations and 11 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight. Participant has also launched more than a dozen original series, including “Please Like Me,” Emmy® Award-winning “Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” and “Fortitude,” for its television network, Pivot (http://www.pivot.tv/). Participant's digital hub, TakePart (http://www.TakePart.com), serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Follow Participant Media on Twitter at @Participant and on Facebook.
About Walden Media:
Walden Media specializes in entertainment for the whole family, creating movies, books and television series that spark the imagination and delight all generations. A subsidiary of the Anschutz Film Group, Walden Media movies include adaptations of notable books, compelling biographies and thrilling accounts of historical events. The company’s films are entertaining and commercial, while also telling stories that are inspirational, aspirational and explorational. Past award-winning films include: “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, “Nim’s Island,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Holes,” “Amazing Grace,” and the Sundance Audience Prize Winning documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman.”
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