Fresh off the widespread critical and commercial success of the romantic drama “Carol,” a love story between a young photographer and an older woman in 1950’s New York, director Todd Haynes already has a new film in development: “Wonderstruck,” based on the 2011 novel by Brian Selznick. “Wonderstruck” follows the interconnected stories of two deaf children across the span of fifty years — Ben, who lives with his family in Minnesota in 1977 and escapes to New York, and Rose, who’s locked in a house in 1927 New Jersey and also escapes to New York to see her favorite film actress. Now, “Wonderstruck” has cast its Rose: 13-year-old deaf actor Millicent Simmonds.
According to Deadline, Todd Haynes plans to present the Rose section of the film as a silent film, to reflect the cinematic history of the time as well as to reflect the perspective of the protagonist. It’s also reported that the section will feature “an unprecedented number of deaf actors in roles that would normally go to hearing actors.” “Wonderstruck” will star Julianne Moore, who has previously acted in three Haynes films — “Safe,” “Far From Heaven,” and “I’m Not There” — along with Michelle Williams and Jaden Michael, with more cast members soon to be announced.
Brian Selznick will write the script for “Wonderstruck,” and Amazon is set to produce and release the film.