Test Screening Buzz Pushes Julia Roberts’ WONDER To Awards Season (IMAGE)

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America’s perennial Sweetheart may have an inspiring tear-jerker that’s perfectly suited for her, and a wide audience, just in time for the holidays.

Julia Roberts‘ new movie Wonder was originally slated to open this spring on April 7. But the adaptation – which received high scores after test screenings – is now being positioned to drop right before Thanksgiving.

Based on a children’s novel by R.J. Palacio, the story is a moving and topical tale about Auggie Pullman, a fifth-grade boy (played by Room phenom Jacob Tremblay) born with a facial deformity. He is bullied because of his looks when he becomes the new student at a private school.

Opening against the superhero juggernaut Justice League (which will likely be a darker PG-13 offering, similar to previous gritty efforts in the current DC Universe), Wonder is primed to work as a family-friendly alternative, especially during the holiday weekend. If it pulls the right heart-strings, and in the right way, it could possibly garner some Oscar buzz as well.

Directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and co-starring Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga and Hamilton Tony-winner Daveed Diggs, Wonder opens on November 17, 2017.

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