As a big reader, my favorite movies to go see are usually those that are adapted from books, especially books I love. That’s why I’m very excited to see the movie version of Madeleine L’Engle’s sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time.
Although this is not the first movie adaptation of the 1963 novel, this movie is bringing something different—and very special—to the movie.
A Wrinkle in Time follows the adventures of Meg Murray, her brother Charles Wallace, and her classmate Calvin O’Keefe as they are taken on a journey through space and time by their new, eccentric neighbors to find Meg and Charles Wallace’s father, who has been missing for two years.
Meg is depicted as a Caucasian girl, and the 2003 movie followed this depiction, casting Caucasian actor Katie Stuart in the role of Meg. However, the new movie, set to release next year, features African American actress Storm Reid playing Meg. Reid is by no means a stranger to the big screen, scoring roles in other movies such as 12 Years a Slave, and Sleight, but this role is very different. It’s not just that an African American actress is playing the role of a girl described as Caucasian, but that it’s rare to see young women of color playing a lead role in a big budget sci-fi movie.
Reid is thrilled to be playing Meg, because she wants to inspire other African American girls to believe in themselves. She talked about how much this role means her with Entertainment Weekly.
It means everything to be a girl of color and play Meg Murry…It’s just surreal because I get to empower other…African-American girls around the world and say that you can be a superhero and you rock and you can conquer the world and you are beautiful just the way you are and your flaws are nothing and you’re awesome. It feels really good to be able to inspire not only little girls [but] everyone.
Reid playing Meg is not the only rarity for this film. A Wrinkle in Time is being directed by Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay. DuVernay is the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. She told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year why she chose to cast Reid in the lead role.
The first image [I had in my head] was to place a brown girl in that role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of color in…there aren’t any other black women who have been invited to imagine what other planets in the universe might look and feel like. I was interested in that and in a heroine that looked like the girls I grew up with.
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Whatever the case, I’m eager to see a big screen veteran in the role of Meg, a character who inspired me when I was a little girl reading A Wrinkle in Time. Fans of the book are excited a new version of the movie is coming out, and you can bet I’ll be first in line for the midnight premiere!
A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters March 9th, 2018. Along with Reid are actors Deric McCabe in the role of Charles Wallace and Levi Miller in the role of Calvin O’Keefe. The cast also features several Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis.
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