|Directed by||:||Ava DuVernay||Produced by||:||Jim Whitaker||Screenplay by||:||Jennifer Lee||Based on||:||A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle||Starring||:||Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis||Cinematography||:||Tobias A. Schliessler||Production companies||:||Walt Disney Pictures|
Ava DuVernay: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Is ‘A Metaphor for What We Can All Do in Our Lives’
Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” premiere, held Monday night at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater, took over an entire stretch of the boulevard as A-list stars like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, director Ava DuVernay, and others gathered to celebrate the adaptation of the classic Madeleine L’Engle novel.
The film represents a milestone for DuVernay, who became the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget bigger than $100 million. “A Wrinkle in Time” also features a multi-cultural cast, including Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and newcomer Storm Reid in the lead role of Meg Murry. DuVernay noted that she set out to tell a story that could inspire a generation of children — girls in particular.
Meg Murry, DuVernay said, is “not a Jedi, she’s not a superhero — I love those movies, but this is just a regular girl in a plaid shirt and she saves the world.” “It’s a metaphor for what we all can do in our lives,” she added.
The film centers on Meg and her little brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), who have been without their scientist father, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine), for four years after he used a concept known as a tesseract to travel to a new planet. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin (Levi Miller), the three set off to rescue Dr. Murry with the help of three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Winfrey).