Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah set for Disney's adaptation of popular children's book

a wrinkle in time disney cast.jpg

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most beloved children’s books around.
 
So it makes sense that Disney are bringing it to the silver screen.
 
The award-winning book weaves a magical story, which centres on Meg Murry, a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. 
 
Joined by a schoolmate and her younger brother, the brave 13-year-old sets off on a journey across space and time to save him -  finding help in the form of supernatural beings, Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which.
 
Unsurprisingly, Disney want to make sure that they have some serious talent to take on those all-important roles.


Read more: 100 best opening lines from children's books


Who better to get on board, then, than Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah.
 
Witherspoon will reportedly take on the role of Mrs Whatsit, a two-billion-year-old celestial being who (at first) looks like a grandmotherly hobo.

However, as you may suspect, there’s far more to her character than first meets the eye – and the children are later shocked by revelations about the kindly old woman.

Reese Witherspoon is in talks to play Mrs Whatsit

Reese Witherspoon is in talks to play Mrs Whatsit

Kaling will play Mrs Who, a bilingual being who finds it “difficult to verbalise” in her own words.

Instead, she tends to speak in famous quotes, citing the words of William Shakespeare, Pascal, Dante, Seneca, A.Perez, Horace, Cervantes, Delille, Euripides, the Bible, Goethe , and many more.

Mindy Kaling is in talks to play Mrd Whos

Mindy Kaling is in talks to play Mrd Whos

Oprah, meanwhile, is confirmed to take on the role of the mysterious Mrs Which, who is undeniably the wisest – and the leader – of the trio.

Appearing at times as a shimmering light, her knowledge of tesseract travel, and her seemingly endless supply of clues, prove invaluable to Meg on her quest.

Oprah will play Mrs Which

Oprah will play Mrs Which

While the talented actresses will bring A Wrinkle In Time’s iconic triumvirate to life, it seems as if Disney aren’t stopping there; they’re working hard to ensure that the movie adaptation is fuelled by girl power from all sectors.
                                                   
They’ve got Selma director Ava DuVernay on board to direct the science fiction fantasy, while Frozen’s Jennifer Lee has already penned the script.


Read more: 50 best children's books


Catherine Hand, meanwhile, is producing.
 
There's no word yet on who will play the young heroine of the Newbery Medal-winning book, but, with production scheduled to begin this November, we imagine it won’t be too long before the entire cast is confirmed.

Related

Emma Watson.jpg

Our first look at Emma Watson as Belle in Beauty and the Beast

emily blunt dark mary poppins.jpg

Emily Blunt reveals truth about Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns

tim burton fashion montage.jpg

Iconic fashion moments from our favourite Tim Burton films

winnie1.jpg

Winnie-the-Pooh visits Buckingham Palace

green_backgroundblueshoe_rt.jpg

Lupita Nyong’o on self-belief, family and The Jungle Book

moana.jpg

Disney’s Moana will be very different to the other princesses

disney emojis.PNG

You’ll soon be able to download Disney emoji

miranda-hart-nutcracker-keira-knightley.jpg

Miranda Hart is joining Keira Knightley in Disney’s The Nutcracker

girl on the train.jpg

Emily Blunt hits back at sexist Hollywood stereotypes

Comments

More

JK Rowling invented Quidditch to ‘annoy men’ after row with her ex

The Harry Potter author is such a badass

by Kayleigh Dray
07 Dec 2016

Watch Emma Watson star in chilling new trailer for The Circle

We’re getting serious Black Mirror vibes from this social media thriller

by Kayleigh Dray
07 Dec 2016

Read an exclusive extract from 2017's most hotly anticipated novel

Devour the first three chapters of the psychological thriller here

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Dec 2016

Stylist's pick of the best new books for 2017

From family sagas to crime thrillers

by Sarah Shaffi
05 Dec 2016

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale: First look at new TV series

Elisabeth Moss dons Offred’s famous red gown for the first time

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Dec 2016

The Girl on the Train author, Paula Hawkins, is back with second book

In a Stylist.co.uk exclusive, here's everything you need to know

by Sarah Biddlecombe
29 Nov 2016

You can now spend the night in the world's first library hotel

Why not cosy up in your own book nook?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
29 Nov 2016

You can now read Jane Eyre in Charlotte Brontë’s own handwriting

A luxury edition of Brontë’s original manuscript has been reprinted.

by Moya Crockett
28 Nov 2016

Mary Berry to meet with ‘civilised’ bookworms who shun #BlackFriday

Forget #BlackFriday; Mary Berry is all about #CivilisedSaturday

by Kayleigh Dray
25 Nov 2016

10 beautiful books to buy as Christmas presents this season

by Scarlett Cayford
24 Nov 2016