Production for Disneyâ€™s upcoming epic, live-action adventure â€œA Wrinkle in Timeâ€ kicks off tomorrow in Los Angeles starring Oprah Winfrey (â€œSelmaâ€,Â â€œThe Butlerâ€) as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon (â€œWild, â€œWalk the Line”) as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling (â€œThe Mindy Project,â€ â€œInside Outâ€) as Mrs. Who, Chris Pine (â€œStar Trek Beyond,â€ â€œHell or High Water,â€Â â€œInto the Woodsâ€) as Mr. Murry, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (â€œBeauty and The Beast,â€ â€œBelleâ€) as Mrs. Murry, Zach Galifianakis (â€œBirdman,â€ â€œ The Hangover,â€) as The Happy Medium, AndrÃ© Holland (â€œMoonlight,â€ â€œSelma”) as Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller (â€œPanâ€) as Calvin, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace, and introducing Storm Reid as the iconic literary character Meg Murry.
Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard and Will McCormack round out the highly acclaimed cast.
Directed by Ava DuVernay (â€œ13th,â€ â€œSelmaâ€), the film is a reimagining of Madeleine Lâ€™Engleâ€™s classic novel that takes Meg Murry, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father.
Â “Since Day One, this experience has shimmered with the promise and possibility, the passion and power that only great stories offer,â€ said DuVernay. “And Madeline L’Engle’s book is a great story indeed. A cool, quirky tale of an imperfect girl on an otherworldly expedition that has been praised and banned, dissected and celebrated the world over for more than 50 years. On behalf of all the filmmakers, artists and craftspeople in our ‘Wrinkle in Time’ family, we are genuinely thrilled by and truly grateful for the opportunity to make this film together.â€
First published in 1962, Lâ€™Engleâ€™s novel has sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, receiving a recent surge following Chelsea Clintonâ€™s mention during the Democratic National Convention. Winner of the Newbery Prize in 1963, â€œA Wrinkle in Timeâ€ has been translated into 35 languages.
â€œA Wrinkle in Timeâ€Â builds on Disneyâ€™s strong track record of reimagining classic stories for a contemporary audience, with recent examples including â€œThe Jungle Book,â€ â€œMaleficentâ€ and the upcoming â€œBeauty and the Beast.â€
Directed by DuVernay, the film is produced by Jim Whitaker (â€œPeteâ€™s Dragonâ€) and Catherine Hand from a script written by Jennifer Lee (â€œFrozenâ€).Â Principal photography will take place primarily in California with two weeks of production in New Zealand.
Ava DuVernayâ€™s creative team also includes director of photography Tobias A. Schliessler (â€œBeauty and the Beast,â€ â€œMr. Holmesâ€), production designer Naomi Shohan (â€œTraining Day,â€ â€œAmerican Beauty,â€), costume designer Paco Delgado (â€œThe Danish Girl,â€ â€œLes Miserablesâ€) and visual effects supervisor Rich McBride (“The Revenant,” “Gravity”).