Sebastián Lelio’s Netflix film “The Wonder,” starring Florence Pugh, has begun shooting in Ireland.
The film is set in the Irish Midlands in 1862 and is based on the famous novel by Emma Donoghue, author of the Oscar-winning “Room.” It concerns eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who stops eating but amazingly survives, and English nurse Lib Wright (Pugh) is sent to her little hamlet to monitor her. Tourists and pilgrims throng to see the girl who is reported to have gone months without eating.
Donoghue, Lelio, and Alice Birch (“Normal People”) wrote the screenplay. The cast also includes Tom Burke (“Mank”), Niamh Algar (“Censor”), 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 Terror”).
Lelio’s film “A Fantastic Woman,” which won the Berlin Film Festival, was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Pugh is presently starring in Marvel’s “Black Widow” and has just wrapped production on Olivia Wilde’s sophomore movie “Don’t Worry Darling.”
The film is the first project commissioned by Netflix from Fiona Lamptey, director, U.K. features, as part of the U.K. film slate, which is designed to create ambitious, distinctive event films that provide established and rising U.K. talent a worldwide platform.
“’The Wonder’ has everything we want for the U.K. and Ireland Film slate at Netflix – a deep, authentic narrative set on these shores, as well as creative brilliance across source material, writer, director, and actors,” Lamptey said. “I’m ecstatic to be working on a unique female lead narrative with such incredible talent. A fundamental objective for the film slate we are creating here is to provide chances for U.K. and Irish talent like Florence in ambitious, distinctive stories of scale – rooted in our landscape.”