Instagram has been abuzz with promotional material for the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, tells the story of Meg (Storm Reid) and her little brother, Charles (Deric McCabe) who go on a quest to find their father (Chris Pine).
Before the most recent film, which is due out in March [of 2018], there was another version of the film released in 2003, which started an almost entirely white cast. However, the 2003 film had negative reviews from critics. The story also followed a female character named Meg, however, there were differences where Meg’s parents had different names.
The new A Wrinkle in Time is revolutionary for a number of reasons. From the casting choices to the choice of writer and director, A Wrinkle in Time becomes one for the ages.
Another way the recent A Wrinkle in Time is revolutionary is the way the story revolves around science.
When it comes to the screenplay, the film was written by someone Disney fans will know well: Jennifer Lee. Lee was responsible for writing Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Frozen Fever. Lee became known as a female director in Animation. She also received a ‘Story by’ credit for the film, Zootopia due to her involvement with the screenplay.
Having a female director and a female screenwriter involved shows women are capable of directing 100-million dollar blockbusters. They add a balanced environment for their cast and crew.
Because of Lee’s track record with Frozen, her writing the screenplay became an ideal choice. DuVernay has an excellent track record, having directed for the television series Scandal and the film, Selma.
What’s more, is A Wrinkle in Time doesn’t have a white female in the leading role. However, there’s a white woman in a supporting role in the form of Reese Witherspoon. DuVernay also reunites with frequent collaborator and former talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey as one of the three women [one of them being Witherspoon and the other being Mindy Kaling] who helps Meg in her quest to find and rescue her father after he goes missing.