Karl Urban was back on our screens as Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Into Darkness earlier this year, and shortly he’ll be returning to another sci-fi character he’s played in the past, because Vaako will crop up briefly in Riddick. But soon those wanting to see him in more of a family setting will get their chance, as he’s aboard The Wonder alongside The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields.
Peter Hewitt is set to direct the film, working from a script by Ashley and Robert Sidaway. The Wonder follows three teenagers, led by defiant outsider Rachel (Shields), who after a bruising encounter with school bullies, experience something incredible and seemingly impossible… a rainbow reaching up to the sky from a pool of golden energy.
Please, stick with us here as we lay it out.
With the help of friends Grace, a Chinese girl, and Tane, a Maori boy, the teenage trio adopt high-tech methods to find another similar phenomenon, and learning of ancient rainbow legends they each make a special wish. Finally they actually track down a rainbow and go on an incredible but terrifying ride. What the teenagers don’t realize is that on entering the rainbow they’ve alerted the powerful covert meteorological agency Climate Anomalies Corporation and Dr Helen Armstrong and her agents are soon in pursuit.
As the threesome crash-land in the midst of a Dragon Boat Festival in China, some teenage allies save them. Desperate to find a rainbow to take them home, their new friends and young scientist Ichee find the means, but their journey back to New Zealand is amidst violent skies across the Pacific and their mission becomes a global race against time to restore the whole balance of nature… And they say kids today just want to sit around playing Minecraft!
With shooting set to start in October in New Zealand and China, the film is set to hit cinemas next year.