Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated films of the year. Starring newcomer Storm Reid – alongside an ensemble that includes Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling (The Office), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Chris Pine (Star Trek Beyond), Michael Peña (End of Watch), André Holland (Moonlight) Zach Galifianakis (Baskets), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and the Beast), and Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) – A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of one girl’s search for her father that spans different planets and dimensions.
Having made a name for herself in recent years with films like Selma and the Netflix original documentary 13th, DuVernay got her start as a publicist, eventually directing a documentary in 2008 called This Is the Life about a group of alternative MC’s who wanted to reintroduce positivity in hip-hop and focus on building prosperous communities. From there, she helmed a pair of romantic dramas – 2010’s I Will Follow and 2012’s Middle of Nowhere – that were praised by critics and made on shoestring budgets of $50,000 for her first feature and $200,000 for her second. With A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay will become the first black woman to direct a film that costs more than $100 million dollars, and she’s managed to do all this in just under a decade.
DuVernay also has a series on Oprah’s OWN network called Queen Sugar, about three siblings who inherit their father’s 800-acre sugarcane farm, which has also been getting rave reviews. What I’m getting at here is that Ava DuVernay is an extremely talented director, and we can’t wait to see what she does with an adaptation of this classic story. It’s a movie that, judging by the trailer, seems to know exactly what it wants to do and how it wants to do it without letting its reach exceed its grasp. So often, when indie directors tackle big-budget projects, their voice gets lost in the shuffle of CGI, big set pieces, and multiple locations, but A Wrinkle in Time somehow feels both limitless and intimate.
Check out the trailer and be sure to see this one on March 9th, 2018.