After an extensive search, The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce that 13-year-old Storm Reid will play the lead role of Meg Murry in the upcoming Disney live action adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Said director Ava DuVernay about the announcement.
"After an extensive search that spanned multiple dimensions, we're overjoyed to welcome Storm Reid to Wrinkle in Time as our beloved "Meg." Storm is a tremendously talented young actress who embodies the hopes, dreams and spirit of a character much loved by audiences worldwide for generations. I can't wait to work with Storm as we chronicle Meg's epic quest, alongside Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who. Tesser well!"
Reid's first theatrical film role was in the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave where she played Emily, and she has also appeared in American Girl: Lea to the Rescue and Sleight, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, she shot a starring role in Judy Greer's directorial debut A Happening of Monumental Proprotions (2017), alongside Allison Janney, Common and Bradley Whitford. She is represented by Stella Alex from the Savage Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Storm Reid joins a cast which already includes Oprah Winfrey in the role of Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon in the role of Mrs. Whatsit and Mindy Kaling in the role of Mrs. Who. The actors shared the official news on Twitter. The film is directed by Ava DuVernay (SELMA) from a script by Jennifer Lee (FROZEN). Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand are producing the film, which will begin production later this year.
A Wrinkle in Time is currently set for release on July 28. It is one of many new movies Disney has planned for 2017. Their live-action slate also includes a new adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, which arrives in March. And Captain Jack Sparrow returns in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men Tell No Tales in May. Take a look at the tweets from Storm's co-stars which arrived upon news of her addition to the cast.
It was a dark and stormy night...I wwondder wwhat Mrs. Whatsit is uupp to? @Rwitherspoon— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 13, 2016