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Ava Duvernay’s Effect on A WRINKLE IN TIME

A Wrinkle of Time will be in theaters on March 9. Based on the book of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, the Disney film directed by Ava Duvernay is poised to make an impact. The film focuses on Meg Murry, played by Storm Reid, as she searches for her missing father (Chris Pine) and saves the universe. Markeia McCarty spoke with Duvernay and cast members Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw about the inclusive movie Duvernay’s created.

What drew Duvernay to Wrinkle is simple. She said the appeal came from it being “the story of a girl who doesn’t think she’s good enough, but she has everything she needs to save herself and the universe.” Not feeling adequate is an intensely relatable experience, and it’s easy to imagine children being inspired by Meg.

Besides putting Reid at the center of the film, Duvernay included “issues” that are part of everyday life to normalize them: adoption, bullying, and interracial relationships–they’re all present without being called out. Duvernay explains, “Kids don’t need to hear it as a preaching lesson, they just need to see it and they’ll grab on to it and ingest it.”

What are you most looking forward to seeing in A Wrinkle of Time? Share your hope and dreams in the comments.

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Amy Ratcliffe is an Associate Editor for Nerdist. Follow her on Twitter and keep up with her Disney food adventures on Instagram.

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