Julia Roberts to play Jacob Tremblay's mother in 'Wonder'

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Ahead of the debut of her latest film Money Monster at Cannes, Julia Roberts has signed on to star in Wonder, the adaptation of R.J. Palacio's novel.

Jacob Tremblay, who had a breakout performance as the young star of Room opposite Brie Larson, will star in the film as Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity. For the first time, Auggie is going to a mainstream school, starting the fifth grade at Beecher Prep.

Roberts will play the boy's mother.

Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky will helm the Lionsgate adaptation from a script by Steve Conrad. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are producing via their Mandeville Films banner.

The book Wonder hit stores in February 2012 via Knopf Books for Young Readers and has sold 2 million copies since its publication. It consistently ranks as a New York Times best seller since March 2012 and was listed for high-profile children's literature awards the Carnegie Medal and the UKLA Book Award.

Roberts can currently be seen in the ensemble film Mother's Day, now in theaters. She stars in Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster, which will have its debut in Cannes. She's repped by CAA.

Tremblay is repped by UTA, Play Management and Jackoway Tyerman

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 7: Actress Julia Roberts attends the 27th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 7, 2001 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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PARIS - MARCH 12: Actor Clive Owen, Actress Julia Roberts and Director Tony Gilroy attend 'Duplicity' Paris Premiere on March 10, 2009 in Paris, France (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
LONDON - MARCH 10: Actress Julia Roberts attends the Duplicity film premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square on March 10, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 16: Julia Roberts attends the premiere of 'Duplicity' at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07: ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE*** Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman pose backstage at LAByrinth Theater Company's 6th Annual Gala Benefit at St. Paul The Apostle Church on December 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
US cinema actress Julia Roberts arrives on set in the village of Mirzapur, some 60 kms from New Delhi on September 27, 2009. Roberts arrived in India September 18, where she is shooting scenes for her forthcoming film 'Eat, Pray, Love'. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Julia Roberts attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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