Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are in talks for Ava DuVernay‘s “A Wrinkle in Time.”
The Disney sci-fi film is an adaptation of the classic fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle. The script will be adapted by “Frozen” scribe and co-director Jennifer Lee.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. According to the outlet, Witherspoon will play Mrs. Whatsit and Kaling will play Mrs. Who. Oprah Winfrey is already cast in the film as Mrs. Which.
“A Wrinkle In Time” involves a young girl, Meg Murry, whose father is missing. Before his disappearance, he was working on a secret project called a tesseract. The mysterious object involves the fifth dimension of time travel. After a stranger appears, Meg, her friend Calvin and Charles Wallace set off to find her father. They encounter Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Which along the way.
According to reports, the film is scheduled for a November start in Los Angeles.
DuVernay, a former publicist, made her mark on the film world with the Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights drama “Selma,” which drew much acclaim and an Oscar for Best Original Song. Many people believe she was snubbed when she did not receive a nod for best director for the film.
Witherspoon lends her voice to the upcoming animated film, “Sing.” She also recently wrapped production on HBO’s Jean-Marc Vallée miniseries, “Big Little Lies.”
Kaling is set to star in “Ocean’s Eight.” The film, which is in pre-production, has also been called “Ocean’s Ocho.” For now, it is going by “Ocean’s Eight” on IMDB. The project is an all-female take on “Ocean’s Eleven.” Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sara Paulson, Rihanna and Awkwafina also star.