Keeping with the theme of an incredibly diverse cast of mostly women, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is joining “A Wrinkle in Time” from director Ava DuVernay.
According to reports, Mbatha-Raw will play the mother of lead star Storm Reid. The father, who has yet to be cast, will be white.
Reid’s first role came by way of Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave.” Since then, she nabbed the leading role in “American Girl: Lea to the Rescue.” She also appeared in “Sleight,” which had a good showing at Sundance earlier this year.
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are also starring in the film. According to THR, Witherspoon will play Mrs. Whatsit and Kaling will play Mrs. Who. In addition, Oprah Winfrey is cast in the film as Mrs. Which.
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.
“A Wrinkle In Time” involves a young girl, Meg Murry (Reid), 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 and her brother set off to find her father. They encounter Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Which along the way.
According to reports, the film will start production in November in Atlanta.
Mbatha-Raw next appears onscreen in “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain. She also has a role in next spring’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake, as well as J.J. Abram’s production vehicle “God Particle.”
A release date for “A Wrinkle in Time” has not been set.