Lionsgate announced today that its uplifting and inspirational White Bird: A Wonder Story 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 Palacio’s previous book, which was a global hit in 2017, taking in $305 million in worldwide box office. White Bird: A Wonder Story is published by Alfred A. Knopf. 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.
Directed by Marc Forster, from a screenplay by Mark Bomback, based on the book by R.J. Palacio, White Bird: A Wonder Story is produced by Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. and David Hoberman, p.g.a., as well as R.J. Palacio. The film is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Robert Kessel, Kevan Van Thompson, Mandeville Films’ Alexander Young, 2DUX2’s Renée Wolfe, and Mark Bomback. The film stars Ariella Glaser, Orlando Schwerdt, Bryce Gheisar, with Gillian Anderson, and Helen Mirren.
Synopsis: 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. From director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland and Christopher Robin), screenwriter Mark Bomback, and based on R.J. Palacio’s book, White Bird: A Wonder Story, like Wonder before it, is an uplifting movie about how one act of kindness can live on forever.
Lionsgate presents, in association with Participant, a Lionsgate/Mandeville Films production, in association with 2DUX2 Productions.