‘Wonder’ Trailer: Julia Roberts & Jacob Tremblay Movie Aims for the Feels

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You may be reaching for the tissues with this one. 

Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for Wonder, an adaptation of the R.J. Palacio New York Times bestseller.

The film tells the story of August Pullman, a young boy born with facial differences that have prevented him from going to a regular school. August enters the fifth grade and embarks on a journey that will touch his family, his new classmates, and the larger community.

Jacob Tremblay, who was robbed of an Oscar nomination for his incredible performance in Room, appears to be putting in yet another standout turn as August. While the trailer does show off a little too much of the narrative, which is becoming the norm these days, there’s no denying how sweet and well meaning this looks. Add Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson into the mix as his parents, and you’ve got a tender-looking little film that could be quiet the crowd-pleasing hit when it drops in the US on November 17.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower helmer Stephen Chbosky directs from a screenplay by Steven Conrad, known for uplifting films The Pursuit of Happyness and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs also star.

Synopsis for Wonder:

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly 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 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.