Julianne Moore Reuniting With Director Todd Haynes for Children’s Book Adaptation
Julianne Moore has given some of her best work (and she’s done a lot of great work) in films directed by Todd Haynes. The actress appeared in Haynes’ exceedingly unnerving drama Safe and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Far From Heaven. For fans of the director’s collaborations with Moore, today brings very exciting news, as the actress is set to reunite with Haynes for his next project — which might result in something a bit different than what we’ve come to expect from Haynes.
According to Deadline, Moore is reuniting with Haynes for the first time since 2002 to star in Wonderstruck, a new film based on the children’s novel by Brian Selznick. Selznick is also the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which inspired Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. The story centers on the overlapping stories of two deaf children named Ben and Rose. In 1977 Minnesota, Ben discovers a clue in the bedroom of his recently deceased mother and runs away to New York, where he receives a mysterious note. And in 1927, Rose has been kept locked away in a New Jersey home, obsessing over an elusive actress until she finally flees to New York herself in pursuit of her idol.
Haynes recently directed Carol, the upcoming drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara that’s generating a lot of awards season buzz. His previous efforts also include Velvet Goldmine and HBO’s Mildred Pierce miniseries starring Kate Winslet. A children’s book seems an unlikely source of inspiration for Haynes, but the dramatic and poignant subject matter is definitely up his creative alley.
Although Moore won the Oscar for Best Actress earlier this year for her performance in Still Alice, some of her best work has happened with Haynes, making Wonderstruck an instant must-see.