Owen Wilson, Stephen Chbosky attend the 'Wonder' premiere in LA (21 images)
"Wonder" is based on the novel by R.J. Palacio of the same name which follows the story of Auggie, a boy diagnosed with Treacher Collins syndrome, as he navigates a world in which he looks different from other children. Palacio was inspired to write the story after encountering a child with the disease and feeling ill-equipped to explain it to her kids. The story emphasizes kindness in the face of adversity. Cast member Julia Roberts plays Isabel in the film but was unable to attend the premiere due to a family emergency. Photos by Christine Chew/UPI
Author R.J. Palacio's book of the same title has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March 2012 and has sold over 5 million copies. The book has also inspired the "Choose Kind" campaign in classrooms across the globe. The campaign's inspiration comes from a quote in the book that reads, “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."
The Newman family, made up of Nathaniel (far right), his brother Jacob and their parents Magda and Russell have been active in raising awareness for Treacher Collins Syndrome and creating a culture of kindness towards those diagnosed.
Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant came out with "Wonder" in 1995 about a child who's born looking different and doctors from across the world came to see her. Author Palacio heard that song the night she decided she needed to write her book of the same title.
Cast member Mandy Patinkin plays Mr. Tushman in the movie. Patinkin is also known for his character Saul Berenson from the series "Homeland." Patinkin recently was surrounded in controversy over a role he was cast in for the musical "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" that was meant for a person of color. He dropped the role due to scheduling conflicts but said, "I hear what members of the community have said and I agree with them. I am a huge fan of Oak and I will, therefore, not be appearing in the show."