Florence Pugh in The Wonder

The Wonder: Netflix just gave us our first look at Florence Pugh’s new period thriller

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

Updated 12 August: Earlier this year, it was announced that Black Widow’s Florence Pugh would be starring in a new adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel The Wonder for Netflix.

And now, for the first time, we’ve been given a taste of what fans of the star can expect from the adaptation.

Confirming that filming on the psychological thriller is officially underway in Ireland, Netflix shared a photo of Pugh, adorned in blue period costume, stood in front of a graveyard of wooden crosses.

It’s not much to go off, but it’s a taste of the kind of dark, mysterious vibes The Wonder is all about – and we can’t wait to see what the film has in store.

Keep reading to find out everything we know about The Wonder so far. 

What is The Wonder about?

The Wonder is inspired by numerous European and North American cases of ‘fasting girls’ between the 16th and 20th centuries.

Set in the Irish Midlands circa 1862, the story follows an English nurse called Lib Wright who goes to a rural village to observe what some view as a medical anomaly, while locals consider it a miracle: an 11-year-old 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?

The Wonder cover
The Wonder is based on the 19th century phenomenon of the “fasting girls”.

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). 

Other cast members include Tom Burke (Mank), Niamh Algar (Deceit), Elaine Cassidy (Disco Pigs).

Kíla Lord Cassidy (The Doorman), Toby Jones (First Cow), Dermot Crowley (The Death of Stalin), Brían F. O’Byrne (Little Boy Blue) and Ciaran Hinds (The Woman In Black) will also star.

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

When will The Wonder be released?

We don’t yet have a confirmed release date, but since filming on The Wonder has only just begun, we expect it’ll be a while until this one hits screens.

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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…