Ava DuVernay's screen-adaptation of the beloved Madeleine L'Engle sci-fi novel, A Wrinkle In Time, already seemed like it would be pretty awesome. In addition to having a top-notch director dedicated to encouraging diversity in film, and a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee (of Frozen fame), it also boasted a pretty star-studded cast: Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, and Oprah Winfrey all signed on for the project. Now, the Wrinkle In Time trailer is here, and it has definitely delivered on the hype, serving up what looks to be both both a whimsical and fantasy-filled tale, with a hearty dose of suspense and adventure thrown in for good measure.
The trailer, released Sunday, is a follow-up to July's Winfrey-narrated teaser trailer, and offers a more in-depth look at the film's gripping premise: the astrophysicist father (Pine) of young, bespectacled teen Meg Murry (played by actress Storm Reid) has mysteriously disappeared, and is actually being held captive by an evil force. Meg enlists her brother, Charles Wallace, and her classmate, Calvin O’Keefe, to help her save him, and together they work with three women, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, (Winfrey, Witherspoon, and Kaling), as they embark on their fantastical, mind-bending journey.
The clip has all the makings of a gorgeous other-worldly fantasy film, but in 2016, DuVernay told Vanity Fair that it was always important to her that the film also show a multicultural cast not often seen in a big-budget movie. While the original book has a predominantly-white cast of characters, Meg, for example, is a "mixed-race girl of African-American and Caucasian descent" in the film. And in July, DuVernay told Entertainment Weekly why it was important to her that the lead character be a young girl with brown skin. She said,
DuVernay also took a similar perspective when it came time to cast the three magical women sent to guide the children. Revealing that Kaling was the first of the trio she actually cast, DuVernay explained,
Unsurprisingly, the trailer has been a big hit on Twitter, where it seems like users are counting down the days until the film's release on March 9:
Unfortunately, fans still have a while to go before they can actually see the film in theaters, but it seems pretty safe to assume that it will be a huge hit. And judging by the reaction to the trailer, it looks like it will definitely be worth the wait.
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