With a star-studded cast and a huge budget put to work, Disney is finally ready to show off director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Disney debited the trailer over the weekend at the D23 fan expo in Anaheim, which ended up being a bigger event than ever this year! Based on the classic children’s sci-fi/fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle, the movie looks to be a visual delight, although the trailer leaves us wondering whether or not the movie will capture the more contemplative tone of the novel.
One thing’s for sure — it’s going to fun to watch. The costumes of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which (played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey) look as incredible as they should, and super bearded Chris Pine looks right as Dr. Alex Murry, the missing scientist father of 13-year-old Meg Murry, the novel’s main character. Meg will be played by newcomer Storm Reid, although somewhat unsurprisingly, she’s overshadowed in the trailer by the bigger names.
The trailer actually does her pretty dirty! Reid and the two other child actors, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe (Calvin and Charles Wallace) are the main characters, but they don’t even get their names shown in the trailer! Messed up. Zach Galifianakis even gets a mention, and he’s only in the trailer for less than a second (and is also supremely bearded to the point of being nearly unrecognizable).
Gritching aside, the trailer does nail one thing perfectly — the terrifying suburbs of the planet Camazotz. Other than that, it’s hard to know what to expect — peel away the quick shots and the extremely questionable choice of music, and I can imagine the quieter, more philosophical tone of the novel being captured here. It does look a bit too much like an action movie, but it’s just a trailer, and making things look super exciting is what trailers are supposed to do.
One thing’s for sure — Disney better not mess up this time. They produced a TV movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time that aired in 2004, and it was bad. It was so bad that, when asked by Newsweek if the movie met her expectations, Madeleine L’Engle replied, “Oh, yes. I expected it to be bad, and it is.” L’Engle passed away in 2007, so here’s hoping the new movie does right by her memory.