First Look: Kindness Returns in ‘White Bird: a Wonder Story’ with Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson

First Look: Kindness Returns in ‘White Bird: a Wonder Story’ with Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson June 23, 2022

Lionsgate released the trailer and images for its upcoming film, “White Bird: A Wonder Story,” from the bestselling author of the book and 2017 film “Wonder,” R.J. Palacio. The film stars Ariella Glaser, Orlando Schwerdt, Bryce Gheisar, with Gillian Anderson, and Helen Mirren and picks up after Julian (Gheisar) was expelled from bullying Auggie (Jacob Tremblay). His grandmother (Mirren) then relates her own story of struggle, courage, and acceptance.

Orlando Schwerdt as Julien and Ariella Glaser as Sara in “White Bird: A Wonder Story.” Image courtesy of Lionsgate.

The trailer ties into the 2017 film, featuring scenes and focusing on Julian’s current situation in a new school. Flashbacks to his grandmother’s life growing up in France hint at a budding romance in the middle of overcoming hatred. “Wonder” was a very sweet film, one that I was intent on showing my young daughters to make them aware of how others feel when we treat them differently. I am looking forward to seeing this follow-up.

The official synopsis for the film follows.

“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.”

“Wonder” releases in theaters on Oct. 14. See the first trailer below:


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