The Stephen Chbosky-directed Wonder — which has grossed over $315M globally against a budget of $20M — adapted R.J. Palacio’s New York Times bestselling 2012 novel of the same name. The film, which landed an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a boy with facial differences entering the fifth grade, who attends a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Now, From the best-selling author of Wonder, the book that sparked a movement to “choose kind,” comes the inspirational next chapter. In White Bird, 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.
The new film helmed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Christopher Robin), based on Palacio’s same-name 2019 follow-up, was adapted for the screen by Mark Bomback, with Ariella Glaser and Orlando Schwerdt rounding out the cast. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman produced alongside Palacio.