The first official trailer for Lionsgate’s Wonder has been released online today. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio, the film follows Jacob Tremblay as August “Auggie” Pullman, a 10-year-old boy with facial differences, when he begins his first year at a new school. And while many kids avoid or mock him because of the way he looks, Auggie’s story eventually turns him into a local hero, as his classmates and the larger community must come to terms with what it really means to be compassionate and accepting, in an increasingly superficial world.
Along with Tremblay, the film also stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie’s parents, who work hard to try and keep their son’s confidence and outlook up, even through some of his worst days. Boasting a prime November release date, Wonder promises to be one of the most promising family films hitting theaters this year, even as it goes up against some of the biggest titles set to hit theaters this year.
The film garnered quite a bit of positive attention for its presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas back in March, and today, Lionsgate has finally revealed the first look at Wonder. Even despite only lasting a little over two minutes, the trailer still manages to pack a bit of an emotional punch by the time it’s over, only further reinforcing just how special of a film this may turn out to be. Check out the trailer for yourself in the space above, along with the film’s first official poster down below.
In addition to boasting an impressive cast for itself, Wonder also marks the newest feature directorial effort from Stephen Chbosky, the first since his work on the critically-acclaimed, 2012 coming-of-age drama, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. That film, like this one, touched heavily on what it feels like to be an outsider, and similar to some of the moments in this Wonder trailer, featured moments where other characters went out of their way to be kind and make sure the film’s protagonist felt included.
But in case the film’s creative talent wasn’t enough to warrant there being a fair amount of excitement around Wonder, then Lionsgate’s confidence in the project should. Wonder was originally supposed to hit theaters back in April, but after the film garnered higher test screening scores than any other film in Lionsgate’s history, the studio moved the project back to November 17th, where it will directly go up against Warner Bros.’ Justice League film. The studio is clearly hoping to garner some kind of awards attention for the project by the move, and judging by this trailer alone, it’s not hard to see why.