‘White Bird’ confirms 2024 release date for Helen Mirren’s World War II drama

A new release date for White Bird: A Wonder Story has been revealed!

No, you’ve not got déjà-vu, this really is the fourth time the film has been delayed.

Directed by Marc Forster (Finding NeverlandChristopher Robin), filming took place in the Czech Republic three years ago.

White Bird was supposed to arrive in cinemas in September 2022, before being pushed back a month to October 2022.

Just before its release, Lionsgate pulled the movie from its release schedule, before setting a new release date in August 2023.

Then the SAG-AFTRA strikes hit last summer, and the studio bumped the movie back again to an unspecified date in the fourth quarter of 2023, so that the cast would be allowed to do promotional interviews.

Well, we’ve now got another date for your diary, although you might want to write it in pencil based on past experience…

When’s the release date?

White Bird: A Wonder Story is now set to be released at last in the US on Friday 4 October 2024 – it’s expected to arrive in UK cinemas on the same day.

However, if you’re lucky enough to live in Italy or Croatia, it was released there last month, so at least somewhere people have finally been able to watch this movie!

Watch the trailer here:

Based on R.J. Palacio‘s book, White Bird is a companion story to 2017’s inspiring drama Wonder, also based on a novel by Palacio.

The “uplifting movie about how one act of kindness can live on forever” charts the story of a young Jewish girl hidden away by a boy and his family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Joining Gillian Anderson (The Crown) and Helen Mirren (The Queen) in the cast are newcomers Ariella Glaser and Orlando Schwerdt, with Bryce Gheisar reprising his role as Julian Albans from Wonder.

White Bird: A Wonder Story follows 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,” the official synopsis tells us.

“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.”

Wonder is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.