Walt Disney Studios as cast the lead role of Meg Murry from Wrinkle in Time and they’ve chosen relative newcomer Storm Reid whose credits include 12 Years a Slave and the 2016 Sundance Hit Sleight. Wrinkle in Time was written by Madeleine L’Engle and published in 1963. It’s one of those books you come across when you start getting into fantasy and science fiction as a tween. It’s the story of a young girl named Meg, her five-year-old genius brother, Charles Wallace, and a boy named Calvin who are taking to other world using a a method called the Tesseract to another planet to find and help Meg and Charles’ missing father. Their father has been missing for a year and it seems he’s been captured by a terrible evil so large advanced aliens had to explode a sun in order to defeat it. It a nicely paced young adult fantasy with living planets and interesting aliens.
Wrinkle In Time was already made into movie and came out in 2003 starring and aired on ABC in 2004 as there were constant delays in the planned theatrical release. It stared Alfre Woodard, Katie Stuart and Kate Nulligan. It didn’t make any huge splashes on the pop culture scene but it’s an adequate movie that strayed a bit from the book (as always) but the acting was okay making it a nice bit of TV watching for the prime time hours it was on. I’m looking forward to what they can do with a real budget and a 2016 level of special effects. It will steer into YA territory and investors might be a little apprehensive about dip in young adult story popularity after the dive movies like The Mortal Instrument and Divergent took. Wrinkle in Time is the first of a series that is worth reading but I’m not one to believe that failure of other movies franchise or one in a genre does not mean failure for all. I think Wrinkle in Time has an interesting cast, people behind it that believe in the project giving it the right ingredients for what will hopefully be a great movie.