EXCLUSIVE: The Venture Bros star James Urbaniak has joined the cast of Todd Hayne’s upcoming Wonderstruck. Based on Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name, The Amazon Studios drama follows the dual narratives of two deaf children separated by several decades. Rose (Millicent Simmonds), living in 1927, escapes the New Jersey house she’s locked in to catch a glimpse of her idol, Lillian Mayhew in New York. Meanwhile, Ben (Pete’s Dragon‘s Oakes Fegley), who lives with his family in 1977 Minnesota, runs to New York in the wake of his mother’s death after finding a mysterious note.
Urbaniak is set to play Rose’s father and joins a cast that also includes Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Amy Hargreaves, John McGinty, and Jaden Michael. Haynes is directing from a script by Brian Selznick, with Christine Vachon, Pam Koffler, and John Sloss producing, and Brian Bell and Sandy Powell executive producing. Best known as the voice of Dr. Thaddeus Venture on The Venture Bros (along with several other characters), Urbaniak also plays Arthur Tack on Hulu’s Difficult People, and stars in the Sundance Audience Award-winner Advantageous. He’s repped by Michael Greenwald of Endorse Management Group and Don Buchwald & Associates.