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Official trailer revealed for Irish Netflix film The Wonder starring Florence Pugh
05 Oct 2022 : Nathan Griffin
The Wonder starring Florence Pugh.
Netflix has released the official trailer for Sebastián Lelio’s thrilling psychological Irish drama The Wonder ahead of its Headline Gala premiere at London Film Festival later this week.

The Wonder is the streaming giant’s first fully filmed project on the island of Ireland under Netflix’s UK Features film slate, headed up by Fiona Lamptey and devised to create ambitious, distinctive event films to give a global platform to established and emerging U.K. and Irish talent.

Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Oscar nominated writer Emma Donoghue (Room), this week’s London Film Festival screening follows the films acclaimed debuts at Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and San Sebastian Film Festival.

Inspired by true stories of the “Fasting Girls” phenomenon, The Wonder is set 13 years after the Great Famine, in 1862, and follows an English Nightingale Nurse, Lib Wright (Florence Pugh), who is called to the Irish Midlands by a devout community to conduct a 15-day examination over one of their own.

Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy) is an 11-year-old girl who claims not to have eaten for four months, surviving miraculously on “manna from heaven”. As Anna's health rapidly deteriorates, Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of a community that would prefer to stay believing.

The Wonder stars Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kila Lord Cassidy, Elaine Cassidy, Niamh Algar, Toby Jones, and Ciarán Hinds.  Filmed in Ireland, the screenplay is co-written by Lelio and Donoghue along with Alice Birch.

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures (The Favourite, Normal People) produce the project alongside Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell for House Productions (Brexit, Trigonometry), while Donoghue, Len Blavatnik, and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.

The film was also developed with support from Screen Ireland and Accress Entertainment.

“Bringing the powerful novel ‘The Wonder’ by Emma Donoghue to the screen not only offers me the chance to portray the collision between reason and faith, individual and community, obedience and rebellion, but also to explore my own interpretation of what a ‘period’ film can be,” said director Sebastián Lelio, when discussing the film previously. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that the magnetic and courageous Florence Pugh will play our fierce female lead. I am also excited to be reunited with Ed Guiney and Element, to have the privilege to work with Tessa Ross and House, and honored that Netflix have chosen The Wonder as their first U.K. Features endeavor.”

Netflix Director of Features, Fiona Lamptey added: “The Wonder has everything we’re looking for at Netflix for our U.K. and Ireland Film slate — a rich, authentic story that comes from these shores along with creative excellence across source material, script, director and actors. I’m incredibly excited to work with such outstanding talent on a unique female lead story. Creating opportunities for U.K. and Irish talent like Florence in ambitious, distinctive stories of scale — embedded in our landscape — is a key commitment for the film slate we are building here.”

The Wonder is in Irish cinemas from November 2nd and globally on Netflix from November 16th.

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