Looks like Gugu Mbatha-Raw better start brushing up on her knowledge of tesseracts.
The Concussion star is in talks to join the upcoming Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time. Selma director Ava DuVernay is helming the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved children’s book, which follows the young Meg Murry (newcomer Storm Reid) as she and her brother Charles Wallace travel through space and time in search of their missing scientist father.
Mbatha-Raw would play Meg and Charles Wallace’s scientist mother, and DuVernay confirmed the news on Twitter with a Mrs. Murry quote from the novel: “Don’t hope it was a dream.” (Notably, the character is known as “Mrs. Murry” in the novel, but DuVernay calls her “Dr. Murry.”)
Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling have already signed on as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, three immortal celestial creatures who accompany Meg on her travels.
After starring in Matthew McConaughey’s Free State of Jones earlier this year, Mbatha-Raw will next appear in a 1980s-set episode of Black Mirror (which starts streaming on Netflix tomorrow). She’s also set to voice the feather duster Plumette in Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast.
DuVernay is directing from a script by Frozen’s Jennifer Lee, and over the past few days, she’s been sharing behind-the-scenes photos on Twitter.
Variety first reported the news.