Wonderstruck Trailer Has Todd Haynes Weaving Wild Magic

Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven) is hoping to weave a magical, period tale again with Wonderstruck, based on Brian Selznick’s novel, and if we can believe the trailer he’s definitely done it.

The trailer unfortunately only gives us hints at what the film might be about, but those hints show off the bizarre and wondrous journey we’ll be taking with Ben and Rose. Growing up in two different eras, two children follow mysterious clues toward goals they can’t quite fathom, and it turns out that their quests lead down oddly similar roads.

The film stars Julianne Moore, Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon), Michelle Williams, Jaden Michael and Millicent Simmonds, and while it would probably give too much away, it would be nice if we could get a bit more of Julianne Moore’s character. While that might be true no matter who was working things, I’m particularly interested to get a glimpse of Haynes’ work with this particular character as he reteams with Moore.

Take a look at the trailer above and check the Images page for a few more looks at the film.

photo: Mary Cybulski – Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions


Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.


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