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The Wonder is based on the 2016 novel by Emma Donoghue

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Niamh Algar in Deceit. Photograph: Kevin Baker

Niamh Algar in Deceit. Photograph: Kevin Baker

Niamh Algar in Deceit. Photograph: Kevin Baker

Irish stars Niamh Algar and Elaine Cassidy have joined Florence Pugh in the new movie The Wonder now being filmed here.

Based on the 19th-century phenomenon of ‘fasting girls’, the story centres on an English nurse brought to a tiny Irish village in 1862, to observe a young girl who is said to have survived without food for months.

It is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue, whose previous novel Room was turned into an Oscar-winning film by Lenny Abrahamson and produced by Element.

Photos of the set released this week show Little Women and Black Widow star Pugh wrapped in a shawl in a graveyard.

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Florence Pugh in The Wonder (Netflix)

Florence Pugh in The Wonder (Netflix)

Florence Pugh in The Wonder (Netflix)

Now producers have announced Algar, who was seen last night in the new Channel 4 true life drama Deceit, is joining the cast.

So too is No Offence and The Paradise star Cassidy, 41, and her daughter Kila Lord Cassidy and Tom Burke.

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Elaine Cassidy. Photo: Getty

Elaine Cassidy. Photo: Getty

Elaine Cassidy. Photo: Getty

They join a distinguished cast already announced, including Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds, Dermot Crowley, Brian F. O’Byrne and David Wilmot.

Work on the Netflix movie, directed by Sebastian Lelio, got underway this week.

The Wonder is the first production commissioned by Fiona Lamptey, who was appointed director of UK features for Netflix in October last year.

Emma Donoghue, Lelio and Lady Macbeth writer Alice Birch have written the script.

“The Wonder has everything we’re looking for at Netflix for our UK & Ireland film slate - a rich, authentic story that comes from these shores along with creative excellence across source material, script, director and actors,” said Lamptey.

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“Creating opportunities for UK & Irish talent like Florence in ambitious, distinctive stories of scale - embedded in our landscape - is a key commitment for the film slate we are building here.”

“Bringing The Wonder to the screen not only offers me the chance to portray the collision between reason and faith, individual and community, obedience and rebellion, but also to explore my own interpretation of what a ‘period’ film can be,” said Lelio.

The Wonder will be Chilean director Lelio’s eighth feature. His 2017 film A Fantastic Woman won the Oscar for best international feature.

Mullingar actress Algar only recently flew home from South Africa where she was filming the second series of Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves.

The Calm with Horses star, who won rave reviews for Channel 4 series The Virtues, will also be seen shortly in the horror film Censor based on the era of video nasties.

Algar, Pugh and Lamptey have all previously been named Screen Stars of Tomorrow.

Element Pictures are co-producing The Wonder with the UK’s House Productions.

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