For those of us wondering what happened to “White Bird: A Wonder Story” after its initial September 22 release never happened and the film vanished without a trace, Lionsgate has now announced that the film will be released in limited engagements on August 18, 2023, and will enter wide release on Friday, August 25, 2023. “White Bird: A Wonder Story” follows on the release of “Wonder”, the film adaptation of R. J. Palacio’s previous book, which was a global hit in 2017, taking in $305 million in worldwide box office. R.J. Palacio’s books have sold more than 16 million copies with editions published in 47 languages. Lionsgate and Participant are collaborating with USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education to build educational programming around the film.
From the best-selling author of Wonder, the book that sparked a movement to “choose kind,” comes the inspirational next chapter. In White Bird: A Wonder Story, we follow Julian (Bryce Gheisar), who has struggled to belong ever since he was expelled from his former school for his treatment of Auggie Pullman. To transform his life, Julian’s grandmother (Helen Mirren) finally reveals to Julian her own story of courage – during her youth in Nazi-occupied France, a boy shelters her from mortal danger. They find first love in a stunning, magical world of their own creation, while the boy’s mother (Gillian Anderson) risks everything to keep her safe. The film also stars Ariella Glaser and Orlando Schwerdt.