Disney announced casting is now complete on A Wrinkle in Time, the adventure film based on Madeleine L’Engle’s award-winning novel. Michael Peña (Ant-Man, The Martian) signed on to the project in the role of Red, finishing up the casting process as filming gets underway in Los Angeles. Jennifer Lee adapted the book for the screen, with Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma) directing and Catherine Hand and Jim Whitaker on board as producers.
Peña joins the ensemble cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, André Holland, Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard, and Will McCormack.
“Since Day One, this experience has shimmered with the promise and possibility, the passion and power that only great stories offer,” said DuVernay, commenting on the start of production. “And Madeline L’Engle’s book is a great story indeed. A cool, quirky tale of an imperfect girl on an otherworldly expedition that has been praised and banned, dissected and celebrated the world over for more than 50 years. On behalf of all the filmmakers, artists and craftspeople in our Wrinkle in Time family, we are genuinely thrilled by and truly grateful for the opportunity to make this film together.”
The Plot and Cast Details: The film is a reimagining of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel that takes Meg Murry, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father. Oprah Winfrey is Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon is Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling plays Mrs. Who, Chris Pine is Mr. Murry, Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Mrs. Murry, Zach Galifianakis is The Happy Medium, André Holland is taking on the role of Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller is Calvin, Deric McCabe plays Charles Wallace, and newcomer Storm Reid is handling the lead role of Meg Murry.