Netflix has today dropped the official trailer for Academy Award winner Sebastián Lelio‘s (Gloria Bell, Disobedience) psychological thriller The Wonder, starring Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Little Women), Kila Lord Cassidy (“Viewpoint”), Niamh Algar (Calm with Horses, “Raised by Wolves”, Censor) and Elaine Cassidy (“Intruder”, Strangeways Here We Come) which took its inspiration from a 19th-century phenomenon known as the “fasting girls.”
Directed by Lelio, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Alice Birch (Lady Macbeth) – adapted from the acclaimed 2016 novel by Emma Donoghue (writer of “Room”), The Wonder takes place in the Irish Midlands in 1862 when a young girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright is brought to a tiny village to observe eleven-year old Anna O’Donnell. Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harbouring a saint ‘surviving on manna from heaven’ or are there more ominous motives at work?
The film is produced by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell for House Productions, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures with Emma Donoghue, Len Blavatnik and Danny Cohen serving as Executive Producers.
The Wonder will launch in select UK cinemas from 2nd November before becoming available globally on Netflix from 16th November and we’ll leave you with the aforementioned trailer below.