Putting the "TG" back in TGIF: The new A Wrinkle In Time poster dropped on Friday, Nov. 17, and it's every bit as gorgeous as any Madeleine L'Engle fan would've hoped. Not only does it provide a better look at the suitably out-of-this-world makeup stylings that Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon will be sporting in their roles as the supernatural Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, but you also get a better glimpse of how the other characters will look in the film. And as it turns out, there's even more excitement on the way.
While viewers have already been treated to a teaser trailer for the film, the cast confirmed on Twitter that a new Wrinkle In Time trailer will debut on Sunday, Nov. 19 during the American Music Awards. No wonder fans have reacted with such rapturous excitement to the visual, with tweets like "Omg.
#daymade #WrinkleInTime soooo looking forward to THIS" being typical of the general buzz surrounding the poster.
Even aside from the stellar cast and stunning poster, it's hard to fathom how a film adapted from a story this strong can be anything but entertainment dynamite. If you're not familiar with the 1962 sci-fi classic it's adapted from, it centers on a 13-year-old girl, Meg, whose scientist father goes missing. She must travel the universe to search for him, while simultaneously learning more about a great evil, which first appears as a cloud called the Black Thing.
Not only does it include multiple planets, a trio of cool ladies who aren't what they seem, and a 5-year-old genius who can read his sister's mind, but this book is also an inspirational lesson regarding what women (even incredibly young women) can achieve when they put their minds to something. The New Yorker has described A Wrinkle In Time as, among other things, "a feminist tract," which makes it all the more exciting that talent like Ava DuVernay is on hand to tackle the adaptation. Not only is director DuVernay a trailblazer as the first Black woman to be nominated for a best director Golden Globe for her film Selma, but she's active about her feminism, having hired an "all-woman directorial team" to work on her series Queen Sugar, according to Elle.
Lead actor Storm Reid also seems like a strong feminist presence, making her a great fit for the main role. She's been vocal about what her casting in the movie means for representation and feminism, telling Entertainment Weekly it means "everything to be a girl of color and play Meg Murry because Meg Murry is, in the books, a Caucasian little girl." She continued,
"It’s just surreal because I get to empower other little African-American girls around the world and say that you can be a superhero and you rock and you can conquer the world and you are beautiful just the way you are and your flaws are nothing and you’re awesome. It feels really good to be able to inspire not only little girls [but] everyone."
Still, diehard L'Engle and Reid fans should pace themselves. This is definitely going to be closer to a marathon than a sprint, with the A Wrinkle In Time release date not falling until March 9, 2018, according to ScreenRant. This said, given the sheer number of talented women behind the project, it's easy to understand why the hype is reaching tidal wave levels, despite audiences having a while to wait to get to see the project. So get excited — if this movie is half as good as its poster and cast, it's going to be the best movie you watch in all of 2018.