Michael Peña (Ant-Man, The Martian) has officially joined Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" in the role of Red, completing the remarkable ensemble cast for the upcoming live-action adventure. Principal photography on the film began today in Los Angeles. Peña joins previously announced cast members Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, André Holland, Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard and Will McCormack.
A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay. It is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand. Jennifer Lee wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Newbery Medal-winning novel by Madeleine L'Engle. Here's what director Ava DuVernay had to say in her statement about the start of production.
"Since Day One, this experience has shimmered with the promise and possibility, the passion and power that only great stories offer. And Madeline L'Engle's book is a great story indeed. A cool, quirky tale of an imperfect girl on an otherworldly expedition that has been praised and banned, dissected and celebrated the world over for more than 50 years. On behalf of all the filmmakers, artists and craftspeople in our Wrinkle in Time family, we are genuinely thrilled by and truly grateful for the opportunity to make this film together."
Directed by Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma), the film is a reimagining of Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel that takes Meg Murry, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin on an unexpected journey into alternate dimensions on a mission to bring home their father. First published in 1962, L'Engle's novel has sold more than 23 million copies worldwide, receiving a recent surge following Chelsea Clinton's mention during the Democratic National Convention. Winner of the Newbery Prize in 1963, "A Wrinkle in Time" has been translated into 35 languages.
A Wrinkle in Time builds on Disney's strong track record of reimagining classic stories for a contemporary audience, with recent examples including The Jungle Book, Maleficent and the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast." Directed by DuVernay, the film is produced by Jim Whitaker (Pete's Dragon) and Catherine Hand from a script written by Jennifer Lee (Frozen). Principal photography will take place primarily in California with two weeks of production in New Zealand.
Ava DuVernay's creative team also includes director of photography Tobias A. Schliessler (Beauty and the Beast, Mr. Holmes), production designer Naomi Shohan (Training Day, American Beauty), costume designer Paco Delgado (The Danish Girl, Les Miserables) and visual effects supervisor Rich McBride (The Revenant, Gravity). Follow @WrinkleInTime on Twitter and Instagram and @WrinkleInTimeMovie on Facebook for further news on Disney's A Wrinkle in Time. This latest anouncement for A Wrinkle in Time comes direct from Walt Disney Pictures.