Filmmaker Todd Haynes is making the awards rounds for his latest film, Carol, but it appears he’s multi-tasking by also putting together a reunion of sorts. Per Deadline, Haynes’ Far From Heaven and Safe star Julianne Moore has signed on to lead the director’s next film, an adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick’s children’s book Wonderstruck. The story follows two deaf children living decades apart. Ben lives in 1977 Minnesota and runs off to New York when a note shows up following his mother’s mysterious death. Rose, meanwhile, is locked in a house in 1927 New Jersey and escapes to New York to see her idol, film actress Lillian Mayhew.
It’s unclear who Moore will be playing, but it’s a curious project for both her and Haynes. The director is best known for his understated dramas or uniquely told stories like 2007’s I’m Not There. Tackling an adaptation of a children’s book is certainly unexpected, but if Selznick’s writing can attract someone of Martin Scorsese’s caliber for an adaptation, perhaps it’s not entirely out of left field after all. The filmmaker is currently drawing raves for Carol, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who have a love affair in the mid 20th century.
The last time Moore and Haynes worked together she landed an Oscar nomination, so no pressure. Now an Oscar winner, the actress will next be seen in the concluding installment The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and has a scene-stealing role in the upcoming romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan opposite Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig.