Disney Casts the Lead for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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After holding several open casting calls across the country, Disney has finally decided who will star in the upcoming Ava DuVernay movie A Wrinkle in Time. 

A Wrinkle in Time is one of those books we have all be waiting to see as a movie since we first read it as a kid.

The announcement revealed that the role has gone to Storm Reid from Twelve Years a Slave.

LOS ANGELES - JUL 27: Storm Reid at the Variety's Power of Youth at Universal Studios Backlot on July 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA
LOS ANGELES – JUL 27: Storm Reid at the Variety’s Power of Youth at Universal Studios Backlot on July 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA (Helga Esteb – shutterstock)

But, it is important to point out that Ava Duvernay has a unique casting process.

According to an interview with LA Mag, she explains that she has never seen Lord of the Rings or Narnia. Instead, she hired heads of production who have not seen it either. She wanted to create something original and new and that included adding diversity.

I’m into the girl being at the center. I’m into what the worlds could look like as imagined by a person of color. I’m interested in the trio of witch characters—Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which—looking like women who would appeal to kids all over the world, not just like lovely old white ladies from New England. I want the little girl in Pakistan or the transgender kid to see the movie and see something in themselves. I asked the folks at Disney, “Are you down with that?” And they were.

Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon are currently in negotiations for roles. You can revisit the original open casting calls here.

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