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The Wonder: Florence Pugh is bringing this unsettling novel to the big screen

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Here’s everything we know about Florence Pugh’s upcoming film, The Wonder, which is based on Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel.

There are so many brilliant book-to-screen adaptations coming in 2021 and beyond. At the last count, there were at least 22 books you need to read before they hit the screen

Take, for example, Reese Witherspoon’s upcoming series based on Taylor Jenkins Reed’s best-selling book, Daisy Jones And The Six

Then there’s Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, who are joining forces to produce The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

And Amy Adams’ adaptation of AJ Flynn’s psychological thriller The Woman In The Window drops on Netflix in May.

Now, another great book has just been confirmed for the screen treatment…

Emma Donoghue is the author of Room, a best-selling 2010 book that became an Oscar-winning film starring Brie Larson

She is now bringing her 2016 novel, The Wonder, to the big screen too, with Hollywood favourite Florence Pugh playing the lead role. 

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue is being adapted for the big screen.

What is The Wonder about?

The Wonder is inspired by numerous European and North American cases of ‘fasting girls’ between the sixteenth century and the twentieth. 

Set in the late 1850s, the story follows an English nurse who goes to a rural village in Ireland to observe what some view as a medical anomaly, while locals consider it a miracle: a young girl who has survived without food for months. 

As tourists flock to the cabin of the 11-year-old to witness the bizarre occurrence, a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Will he, along with the nurse, get to the bottom of what is really happening?

Who stars in The Wonder?

Pugh, who of course starred in Little Women, Midsommar and Lady Macbeth, will play the nurse (the story’s narrator). No other cast members have been confirmed yet.

Alice Birch, who has written for hit series Normal People and Succession, is penning the screenplay, along with Donoghue and director Sebastián Lelio. 

When will The Wonder be released?

Production is yet to start, so it might be a while until this one comes out. But that gives you plenty of time to read the book first.

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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…