’12 Years A Slave’ Actress Storm Reid Lands The Lead Role In Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

The Ava DuVernay adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic A Wrinkle in Time has managed to lock down its share of major names – Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey are on board, but so far movie’s most important roles have remained uncast. Witherspoon, Kaling and Oprah play the “Mrs. Ws,” supernatural beings that guide A Wrinkle in Time‘s young heroes, but the kids are the real stars.

Well, we now know 13-year-old actress Storm Reid will play Meg Murry, the oldest of the Murry kids, and the story’s main protagonist. Reid had a small role in 12 Years a Slave and has appeared on TV series like NCIS: Los Angeles and Chicago P.D., but A Wrinkle in Time will be by far her biggest role to date. Reid’s casting also indicates DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time will have a more diverse cast than the mostly-white books – according to The Hollywood Reporter, the Murry family will now be mixed race, and Meg Murry’s love interest Calvin O’Keefe will also be played by a non-white actor.

A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of the brainy Murry family (Meg, Sandy, Dennys and Charles) who, along with school chum Calvin, go in search of their scientist father who disappeared while researching something called the Tesseract. Guided by the magical Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit, they kids travel through space and time, and get into all sorts of crazy, Centaur-filled adventures. In addition to DuVernay as director, A Wrinkle in Time is being written by Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee.

A Wrinkle in Time goes into production in November, so expect a steady stream of casting news over the next few weeks. The movie will hit theaters in late 2017.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)