New Trailer: ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ From Ava DuVernay


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A scene from the trailer for “A Wrinkle in Time,” starring Storm Reid.

Even though Ava DuVernay’s name isn’t seen until the end of the new trailer for her reimagining of “A Wrinkle in Time,” it clearly exemplifies female empowerment.

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel, it’s the story of Meg Murry (Storm Reid, of “12 Years a Slave”), a young girl who learns to bend the rules of time and space on a quest to save her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) from captivity in another dimension.

Along her journey, she’s helped by three otherworldly beings: Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon). Meg’s mother, a doctor played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, also guides her.

Meg is accompanied by her brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), and her best friend, Calvin (Levi Miller); a few other men also pop up in the trailer, including Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña and André Holland. But, as Mrs. Which tells Meg of the evil energy trapping her father, “the only one who can stop it is you.”

Ms. DuVernay (“Selma”) is the first woman of color to direct a film with a budget over $100 million, and the teaser features eye-popping visual effects. The screenplay is by Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed “Frozen,” and Disney hopes this girl-power tale creates more box office magic when “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters on March 9.