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Trivia for Wonderstruck

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  • Todd Haynes announced his plans to adapt the novel after the success of Carol (2015).
  • The film reunites director Todd Haynes with Julianne Moore. This is their fourth collaboration after Safe (1995), Far from Heaven (2002), and I'm Not There. (2007). Moore's performance in "Far From Heaven" earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
  • This is the second collaboration between director Todd Haynes and Michelle Williams. The previous was I'm Not There. (2007), also starring Julianne Moore.
  • Newcomer Millicent Simmonds sent a recording of her audition to director Todd Haynes who in turn sent it on to Julianne Moore who instantly approved of the 14-year-old. Millicent, who is deaf in real life, had to communicate on-set primarily through American Sign Language interpreters.
  • Such was the impact of Millicent Simmonds' performance in the film when it premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, she was personally congratulated by her idol Will Smith after the screening where her debut was hailed as a "breakthrough".
  • This is the second collaboration between Todd Haynes and Cory Michael Smith. The first is Carol (2015).
  • The movie is based on the novel of the same title by Brian Selznick. It is the predecessor to his well-known screen adapted novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
  • Brian Selznick was inspired to write Wonderstruck after receiving feedback from readers who felt quiet while gazing at drawings in between sections of his first novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
  • In the book, the story of Rose is told alternatively without text, but with graphics to allow the readers' to experience Rose's story in the same way she felt escaping to New York City through her eyes and the silence of her life.
  • Director Todd Haynes had some of the hearing cast go on a walking tour of New York City with noise canceling headphones to be able to relate to Rose's story and experience some of their other senses heightened.
  • 1927 is the year often remembered as the point in history where sound was introduced to film with Warner Bros' "The Jazz Singer."
  • The Promenade Theatre was built on set from an old church in Crown Heights of New York City.
  • Millicent Simmonds, who plays Rose, had no prior professional acting experience. She was given the role after winning over Haynes and casting director Laura Rosenthal through her silent audition tape where she introduced herself and shared her thoughts through sign language followed by a poster containing the translation.
  • When Rose (Millicent Simmonds) writes Lilian Mayhew (Julianne Moore) in the Mayhew stage's room to talk her, Rose uses her left hand to write. When Mayhew replies Rose writing, Mayhew too uses her left hand to write. In real-life both Simmonds and Moore are left-handed.

Spoilers

  • One of two films released in 2017 in which Julianne Moore plays 2 characters. The other film is Suburbicon (2017).
  • Julianne Moore only has one audible line in the film: when the blackout hits the Panorama, she very softly says "come."
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