attends the LFF Connects Television: ‘Black Mirror’ screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Chelsea Cinema on October 6, 2016 in London, England.
The upcoming A Wrinkle in Time adaptation is just getting better and better when it comes to casting! The Ava DuVernay-directed project has added Gugu Mbatha-Raw to the cast according to an announcement last week.
The film is adapted from the iconic novel of the same name written by Madeleine L’Engle’s in 1963. A Wrinkle in Time follows a young girl whose father goes missing while he’s working on a government project called the tesseract. With the help of three celestial beings, the young girl sets out to find her father alongside her brother and friend.
Mbatha-Raw will be playing the role of Dr. Murry, the mother of Meg. She joins the other confirmed cast members Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which), Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who) and Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit). Storm Reid will play Meg Murry, the young girl at the film’s center and daughter of Dr. Murry. Chris Pine is set to play Meg’s father opposite of Mbatha-Raw.
The word is that A Wrinkle in Time is the first in a series, so the film could be the beginning of a franchise. The script for A Wrinkle in Time was written by Frozen’s Jennifer Lee.
We don’t have an official premiere date for the adaptation but it is going into production this year.
The upcoming big screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has today found its first star. According to Variety, Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast in the role of Mrs. Which. Mrs. Which is one of three immortal women who appear in “A Wrinkle in Time.” The others include Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who.
Director Ava DuVernay is helming the project which teams her back up with Winfrey who worked with her on Selma.
“A Wrinkle in Time” was published in 1962 and is described on L’Engle’s official site as is follows:
Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. She claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a tesseract, which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?
Jennifer Lee is adapting the book into a screenplay, with Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand producing. “A Wrinkle in Time” marks the first title in L’Engle’s four-book Time Quartet series, which also includes “A Wind in the Door,” “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” and “Many Waters.” L’Engle’s 1989 novel, “An Acceptable Time,” was also marketed as part of the series but took place a generation earlier.
The director and co-writer of Frozen is about to adapt the novel “A Wrinkle in Time” for the big screen. Jennifer Lee won an Oscar for Frozen which is currently the highest grossing animated movie of all time.
“A Wrinkle in Time” was written in 1962 by Madeleine L’Engle and has been an iconic young adult novel. This will be the second time Disney has adapted the novel. It was released as a made for TV movie in 2003 which was vehemently disliked by the novel’s author. I expected it to be bad, and it is,” the author remarked. However, Lee says “A Wrinkle in Time” was one of her favorite novels as a child so hopefully that means she will do it justice.
Currently, there is not director attached. According to Variety, Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand have signed on to produce. There are no actors being eyed to star at the moment.
There is no anticipated release date at the moment or a date for when production will begin.