Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams is in negotiations to star opposite Julianne Moore in Todd Haynes’s WONDERSTRUCK. Amazon Studios will produce and distribute the drama, adapted from the 2011 novel of the same name by Brian Selznick. Haynes is rewriting the script, which Selznick first adapted.
The story is split into two different time periods – 1927 and 1977 – and follows the interconnected lives of deaf children, Ben and Rose. They secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
Williams would join frequent Haynes collaborator Moore (Safe, I’m Not There, Far From Heaven), who boarded the project last November. The Blue Valentine actress’s recent credits include the Sundance hit Manchester by the Sea, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, and 2013’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. She has also been mentioned as a possible lead in Michael Mayer’s adaptation of the classic musical South Pacific.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor