|Directed by||:||Stephen Chbosky||Produced by||:||Michael Beugg, Dan Clark, David Hoberman||Based on||:||Wonder, by R.J.Palacio||Starring||:||Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Noah Jupe, Izabela Vidovic||Production company||:||Lionsgate, Mandeville Films, Participant Media, Walden Media||Country||:||United States|
How ‘Wonder’s’ Makeup Effects Artist Transformed Jacob Tremblay
Based on the New York Times best-seller, Lionsgate’s “Wonder” chronicles the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who enters a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Jacob Tremblay — who blew audiences away in “Room” (2015) — stars as the 9-year-old with Treacher-Collins syndrome, which results in some bones and tissue in the face being undeveloped. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his parents.
Special makeup effects artist Arjen Tuiten was tasked with transforming Tremblay into Pullman. At 37, Tuiten is well-known for having created the likes of Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, the creatures in “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the characters in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of production company Mandeville Films approached Tuiten to do the special makeup effects two years before shooting began. They wanted him because the job was specific and complex.