Disney has released the first trailer for Selma director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming science fiction film, A Wrinkle in Time at its D23 expo, showing off fantastic worlds and a diverse cast.
The trailer begins with Chris Pine’s character talking about travelling through space instantaneously, before ending up on another world. “Your father has accomplished extraordinary,” intones Oprah Winfrey’s Mrs. Witch. We then jump to his daughter, Meg Murry, who learns that her father is trapped by a dark force, and that she’s the only one who can stop it, all while we’re introduced to some utterly fantastic worlds and characters.
The movie is based off of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 award-winning novel by the same name, which follows Meg, as she searches for her missing father along with her younger brother Charles Wallace; friend Calvin O’Keefe; and a trio of witches, Mrs. Witch, Mrs. Watsit, and Mrs. Who. Along the way, she visits several fantastic planets, and discovers that the universe is under attack by a personification of evil, The Black Thing.
DuVernay explained to the crowd that she wanted a film “that looked like you,” and she’s she’s assembled an impressive and diverse cast for this project: 12 Years A Slave actress Storm Reid plays Meg Murry; Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling portray three witches; Levi Miller (Pan, Supergirl) is Calvin O’Keefe; and Chris Pine plays Meg’s father, Dr. Alexander Murry.
L’Engle went on to write several sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time, which gives Disney an opening to continue the series of the film does well. This also isn’t the first time that A Winkle in Time has been adapted: ABC its own adaptation in 2003.
A Wrinkle in Time is scheduled to hit theaters on March 9th, 2018.