Ava DuVernay’s screen adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” won’t be in theaters until next March — but it’s already stirring up a stew of chatter on social media.
In Madeleine L’Engle’s classic 1962 teen science fantasy novel, a teenager named Meg travels in space with her brother and a friend to find her scientist father, who has disappeared while doing secret work for the government.
The Disney remake — the novel was previously adapted for the screen in 2003 — features Storm Reid in the role of Meg and includes Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling among its stars.
While the vast majority of social media users praised the film’s diverse casting and celebrated that the movie features a female director, some users wondered if the casting was meant to push a political agenda. DuVernay has previously directed “Selma,” the civil rights drama, and “13th,” a documentary about African-Americans in the criminal justice system.
“The Observer” noted DuVernay is taking some heat from haters on social media for “trying to make too much of a political point by casting African-American actors as characters that were assumed to be white (though the book doesn’t actually specify).”
In DuVernay’s version, Meg’s father (Pine) is white, her mom (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is black and the three celestial beings who help her “wrinkle” time and space are played by Witherspoon, Kaling and Winfrey.
And there’s nothing wrong with that, the director says.
“The first image [I had in my head] was to place a brown girl in that role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of color in,”…