Among the many live-action projects currently being developed by Disney are a few movies not based on any of the studio's previously-released animated films. One example is A Wrinkle in Time, a big screen adaptation of the award-winning 1963 sci-fi/fantasy novel of the same name authored by Madeleine L'Engle. Jennifer Lee (co-writer/director of Disney's smash hit Frozen) is handling the screenwriting on the film. Meanwhile, the shots are being called by Ava DuVernay: the acclaimed helmsman behind the Civil Rights drama Selma and the co-creator of the newly-unveiled TV series Queen Sugar.
Casting is currently underway for A Wrinkle in Time, ahead of the movie starting principal photography in California this fall. Actor/producer powerhouse Oprah Winfrey, who also costarred in Selma and co-created Queen Sugar, is the only cast member to have been reported for the film thus far. However, the film's acting roster is about to add two more big-name Hollywood players; who, along with Winfrey, are going to be playing a trio of key characters from the A Wrinkle in Time narrative.
THR is reporting that Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to join the A Wrinkle in Time cast, ahead of production on the film getting started this November. The Oscar-winning Witherspoon is also set to star in Tinker Bell: Disney's upcoming live-action movie about the famous Peter Pan pixie that is currently being written by Finding Dory co-writer Victoria Strouse. Meanwhile, Kaling will be back on the small screen in October for the season 5 premiere of The Mindy Project (the cult hit comedy series that Kaling also created) and will costar in director Gary Ross' Ocean's Eleven spinoff, Ocean's Eight later this year too.
A Wrinkle in Time tells the tale of one Meg Murry, a thirteen-year old girl who - along with her younger brother - goes searching for her missing father, a scientist, on a journey that takes them across space and time. Along the way, Meg and her brother encounter three supernatural beings: Mrs. Which (Winfrey), who frequently appears as a shimmering light and speaks in a drawn-out fashion; Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), who looks like a rather old woman dressed up in many layers of clothing; and Mrs. Who (Kaling), who appears as a plump figure with spectacles and speaks in multiple languages, at the same time often quoting famous works of literature.
Thus far there's little about A Wrinkle in Time that doesn't read as being promising, between the acclaimed source material and talented women working on both sides of the camera. It remains to be seen whether or not the movie can succeed at attracting a sizable audience at the box office through, especially in the aftermath of the commercial under-performances of Disney's The BFG and Pete's Dragon: live-action films that, similar to A Wrinkle in Time, are fairy tale adventures of the quirky, yet atmospheric and lyrical variety. Still, Disney has staked out some prime release dates for its live-action fairy tale films over the next few years, so hopefully A Wrinkle in Time will (by the sound of it, deservedly) be well-served by whichever date it ultimately lands.
A Wrinkle in Time is currently without an official release date. We'll let you know when that changes.