EXCLUSIVE: On the day of his final appearance in the smash Broadway hit, Tony-winning Hamilton co-star Daveed Diggs has lined up his first film role following his departure from the musical: Lionsgate’s Wonder.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky, the film is set to co-star Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts in the story of a young boy born with significant facial differences that prevented him from attending a mainstream school. Now starting fifth grade, he must convince his classmates that he’s just like them. Daveed will play Mr. Browne, an English teacher at the school whose approach to literature is to teach what it means to be human. Set to go into production soon, it’s based on the novel by R.J. Palacio. Steve Conrad wrote the script. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.
Diggs also recently joined HBO’s upcoming sports mockumentary Tour De Pharmacy, written by Murray Miller and starring Andy Samberg, in the role of black Canadian cyclist Young Slim Klingston, and will have an arc on the next season of ABC’s Black-ish. In addition, Digg’s band Clipping recently released an EP via Sub Pop and will be touring in 2016.
Diggs originated the roles of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton, portraying them from the play’s Vassar Workshop through its celebrated run on Broadway. He announced his departure from the play earlier this week, and his final performance is tonight. He’s repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management.