Disney has revealed three motion posters and a TV commercial for its upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. The film — which stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and others — is an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel.
A Wrinkle in Time will tell the story of Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as a young girl who embarks on a quest to save her father, an astrophysicist imprisoned on a faraway planet. Winfrey, Witherspoon, and Kaling play the roles of shapeshifting, space-traveling beings who assist Murry on her journey (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, respectively). And now, three motion posters put the trio in the spotlight.
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Disney uploaded the motion posters, as well as a new TV spot, to the Facebook page of A Wrinkle in Time. The commercial is a short (31 seconds long) and tense sequence of quick cuts, and the motion posters show off Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who with a rippling water effect. The posters also serve as happy New Year messages, of sorts: Their captions say, “Welcome to 2018, warriors.”
Disney has provided fans with a slow drip of promotional materials for A Wrinkle in Time in anticipation of its spring 2018 release, having released a trailer in mid-November. That trailer more lengthily laid out the film’s plot, in which Murry, her brother, and her friend travel the universe by manipulating a fifth dimension. The New Years TV spot, in contrast, is a briefer, more action-packed look into the movie and its dramatic elements. And if the commercial’s music is especially exciting, expect the movie to offer similar audio thrills: The film’s composer is Ramin Djawadi, who also scored Game of Thrones.
At the helm of A Wrinkle in Time is director Ava DuVernay, who has built herself a strong reputation with films like Selma and 13th, a documentary about race and incarceration in the U.S. And with its racially diverse and woman-centric cast, A Wrinkle in Time has given many fans cause for optimism, as far as representation goes. With ongoing conversations about sexual abuse and racism in Hollywood, the movie — its cast, its director, its narrative, and more — seems more appropriate than ever. It’s a tale of light and darkness, of forging alliances and pursuing justice beyond the known limits of the universe. What’s more, A Wrinkle in Time imagines a certain kind of heroism: A kind that is more than just white and male. Given the state of the world, entering the New Year with such an inclusive vision is not only refreshing, but necessary.
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