With The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky’s fantastic new film, Wonder, opening in theaters this weekend, I recently got to speak with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. They talked about why they both wanted to be involved in telling this story, the great positive message of the film, what it was like working with Jacob Tremblay, and more.
If you’re not familiar with Wonder, the film is based on the novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio and stars Tremblay as Auggie, a young boy born with facial differences that, until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. As he enters the fifth grade, his parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, decide he should go to a public elementary school. As we follow Auggie adapting to his new situation, the film switches perspectives to include his sister, her boyfriend, Auggie’s fellow classmates and more. It’s an interesting way to tell the story and it absolutely works. I thought Chbosky did a great job helming this movie and loved the message of the film. Strongly recommended. Wonder also stars Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs.
Check out what Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson had to say in the video above; below is exactly what we talked about, followed by the official synopsis.
Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson:
- What was it about the story and material that got them involved?
- They talk about working with Jacob Tremblay.
- The message of the film #bekind.
Here’s the official synopsis for Wonder:
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of 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 find 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.
Lionsgate presents, in association with Walden Media and Participant Media, a Mandeville Films / Lionsgate production.