Two big names have joined the Ava DuVernay’s live-action adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time.
Pine will be that missing father, a scientist named Dr. Alex Murry, according to ComicBook.com, who is married to another scientists, Dr. Kate Murry, a microbiologist played by Mbatha-Raw.
Walt Disney Pictures is finally moving the film forward after acquiring the rights to the 1963 book in 2010. It already has cast some Oscar heavyweights: Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which and Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit – two supernatural beings that transport Meg around the fifth dimension through the use of a tesseract.
While Winfrey might be best-known for her long-running syndicated talk show, she has been nominated for an Oscar twice – first in 1986 for her role in The Color Purple and again in 2015 as part of the production team behind Selma. She’s also been nominated for 29 Daytime and Primetime Emmys, winning 17 times, plus earning three special recognition Emmys.
Witherspoon has been nominated for two Oscars: One for Wild in 2015, the second for Walk the Line in 2006, which she won.
Mindy Kaling, best known for her work on the former NBC comedy series The Office, will play Mrs. Who.
Storm Reid, who earned a breakout role in 12 Years a Slave in 2012, will play the young Meg. She’s also appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles and Chicago P.D.
Pine, best known for his work in the Star Trek reboot films as Capt. James T. Kirk, also will play Steve Trevor in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. He’s also starred in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit as well as Unstoppable.
Mbatha-Raw played Tish Jones, the sister of one-time companion Martha Jones, in Doctor Who. While many of her early credits were with British productions, she did recur in the short-lived Fox series Touch. She also appears in the upcoming season of Black Mirror on Netflix, as well as the recently completed live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast as Plumette.
Selma director DuVernay will helm the film, written by popular animation scribe Jennifer Lee, who was part of the Oscar-winning team behind Disney’s Frozen.
DuVernay also is the creator of Queen Sugar starring Rutina Wesley on the OWN cable channel.
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