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Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time: A Rite of Passage Becomes a Major Motion Picture

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is a timeless tale and incontrovertible rite of passage. Over a decade ago, I myself found the book on my summer reading list. I didn’t have to go far to find a copy, instead pulling my mother’s volume from our basement bookshelf. And in many ways, this generational passing of the baton is apt, for the book is – at its core – a tale wrapped up in themes of family.

First published in 1963, the book finds new life on the big screen, and this won’t be the tale your mother remembers. Rather, the teaser gives us a glimpse into a lush and vibrant world, the futuristic and otherworldly wrapped up in the familiar. With glimpses of high-stakes action, this journey across the universe will be far from predictable, even for those acquainted with the story.

The beloved classic is in supremely capable hands, with Selma director Ava DuVernay helming the project. Working with a sublime cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling as the three supernatural beings, DuVernay will surely deliver a film as powerful as the women it features. Rounding out the cast are Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, and Zach Galifianakis, with Storm Reid (previously seen in Twelve Years a Slave) taking on the main role of Meg.

The movie will surely be as enticing to parents as it is to kids, and suddenly March of next year cannot come fast enough. I – for one – will be calling my mother tonight to tell her all about this.

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