Time Magazine has called A Wrinkle In Time the movie that will change Hollywood.
As a novel when it was released, A Wrinkle in Time posed a series of philosophical questions that are no less relevant in the era of Trump and Putin than they were in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev. High stakes, in other words. As Winfrey sees it, Wrinkle the movie heightens the stakes even more.
“I felt like we were making the new Wizard of Oz for another generation.” -Oprah Winfrey
When it came to envisioning Wrinkle’s worlds, the first thing director, Ava DuVernay saw was faces. She wanted Meg to have brown skin, and the three Mrs. to be “black, white and someone who wasn’t either,” as well as different sizes, faiths and ages.
“I wasn’t just casting for actresses. I was casting for leaders—icons,” she says. “Reese is the hottest producer in town. Oprah’s the most prolific, venerable legend of television and an artist and entrepreneur. And Mindy’s one of the few women running a show with her name, about her.” She looks at the faces to her left and right. “When I think about the three of them together as a unit of celestial beings, it feels right.”
“I’ve never seen somebody demand inclusiveness like that,” says Reese Witherspoon, who has worked in Hollywood for 25 years.
“It’s just a different perspective, and you don’t get that unless we start to have powerful filmmakers of different colors, different genders. You’re just gonna have the same 20 dudes making the same 20 movies over and over and over again.”
“Before I got this role, I wanted there to be more little girls that look like me on TV and in lead roles,” said Storm Reid who plays Meg.
“When you don’t see yourself, there is a subconscious psychological manifestation. It’s diminishing.” But to see yourself as the savior of a world threatened by unquantifiable evil? “That will have impact far beyond anything any marketer, any researcher, any of us even know.”
A Wrinkle In Time releases in theaters March 9, 2018.
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