It’s not time travel — it’s tessering, and you’ll know the difference next March when Disney’s fantasy tale A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters.
A brand new trailer for director Ava DuVernay’s dazzling adaptation of the beloved novel premiered on Saturday during the live-action film panel at D23, Disney’s biennial fan expo in Anaheim, California. The movie, which stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, is due in theaters March 9, 2018.
DuVernay introduced the trailer alongside Disney production chief Sean Bailey and the entire principal cast of the film — Winfrey, Kaling, Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and newcomer Storm Reid.
“I saw myself in it,” DuVernay says of the project. “And I saw so many different kinds of people in it and personalities and I thought, gosh, if I could bring my idea of it to the classic novel, maybe we can make something new, And the only place to do that is at Disney. A family story wrapped in an epic adventure where you see worlds you’ve never seen before—it’s the perfect place.”
Kaling, whose character speaks only in riddles and famous quotes, discussed the challenge of such scholarly dialogue: “As someone who is a chatterbox, I thought that was actually very challenging. But it’s wonderful. I mean, this is a character who only speaks in the wisest sayings, and it crosses all cultures, all continents, all centuries. And I learned a lot, actually. And what was wonderful about the script… was to update a lot of the quotations in the movie from the book so that it really was so inclusive and really showcased who was in the cast and just who was out there. And there was so much wisdom in the world and we saw… I think I quote JAY-Z in the movie? In addition to, like, some of the more traditional, classical scholars.”
Witherspoon says she was a huge fan of the book as a little girl, roughly about Reid’s age. “I just thought it was so magical, about a young woman at the center of her story, going to other worlds, escaping her earthly bounds, and realizing anything is possible when you think positively and you seek the good out in life,” she beamed.
Winfrey admitted that, like DuVernay, she hadn’t read the book as a child, but was instantly drawn to the role that DuVernay described as the wisest woman in the world, an “angelic, celestial being who was going to get to wear amazing costumes and work with Reese and Mindy as a part of the Mrs. Team…who wouldn’t say yes to that?”
You can check out the trailer above — but in a move solely designed to give you FOMO, everyone in attendance at the panel received an exclusive poster from the film. That’s not even the FOMO. Winfrey brought everyone in the room back to the ’90s when she shouted, “Everyone gets a poster! You get a poster, you get a poster, you get a poster!” Truly, it’s a shame we can’t tesser you all back for it.
As EW revealed in an exclusive first look, the film stars Reid as Meg Murry, a brilliant girl who searches the multiverse for her missing father (Pine) with the help of three mysterious celestial guides: Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Winfrey).
The movie also stars Levi Miller, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Deric McCabe, Michael Peňa, and Zach Galifianakis. Jennifer Lee (Frozen) wrote the script, adapted from Madeline L’Engle’s award-winning 1962 novel.