The cast for director Ava DuVernay‘s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation keeps getting better and better. The film is already set to star Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and in the lead role, Storm Reid.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Zach Galifianakis is playing Happy Medium. In Madeleine L’Engle‘s novel, Happy Medium lives on a foggy gray planet in Orion’s Belt. The medium is human and female in appearance, but DuVernay and screenwriter Jennifer Kent (Frozen) clearly have some new ideas for the jolly character. Happy Medium uses a crystal ball to see faraway places and people, and she helps Meg (Storm Reid), Meg’s younger brother Charles (Deric McCabe), and Meg’s schoolmate, Calvin O’Keefe (Pan‘s Levi Miller), understand the threat they’re facing.
In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg, a 13-year-old whiz kid outcast, searches the universe with Charles and Calvin for her father (Chris Pine), a government scientist gone missing after developing a mystery project called a tesseract, known as a wrinkle in time. During the kids’ adventure, they receive help from three fantastical beings, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling).
After The Hollywood Reporter ran a story on Galifianakis’s casting, Disney sent out a press release confirming his role, in addition to other actors joining the project. Two new notable additions to the cast are André Holland as Principal Jenkins and Levi Miller as Calvin. Holland had a role in DuVernay’s Selma, but right now he’s probably best known for his phenomenal performance in Moonlight.
Here’s a summary of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel, which is part one of the five-part Time Quintet series:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. “Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
A Wrinkle in Time‘s release date is TBD.
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