Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ trailer might make you drop a thug tear

Oprah, Wrinkle In Time, Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay is nothing short of a miracle worker and magician. No wonder Disney snagged her to work her special brand of magic on a film remake of the 1963 classic novel A Wrinkle In Time.

It’s no secret that we love Ava DuVernay. Her talent has quickly made her one of the highest profile directors in the business, and she doesn’t hesitate to let folks know she’s woke too. She also knows her worth and her lane. If the project isn’t a good fit for her, like Marvel’s Black Panther, she’ll pass on it regardless of the payday. That type of integrity is refreshing and nearly unheard of in Hollywood.

It’s also what made her the perfect fit to direct Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Based on the science fantasy novel of the same name written by American writer Madeleine L’Engle, the film follows teenage Meg Murray (played by Storm Reid), her little brother Charles (played by Deric McCabe), and her schoolmate Calvin (played by Levi Miller) as they set out to save her father who has been trapped on a distant planet for years. On its face, it sounds like standard sci-fi fare. But the trailer for A Wrinkle In Time proves Ava doesn’t to anything standard.

Breathtaking visuals

The most immediately striking aspect of the trailer is its vivid colors. DuVernay has an impeccable talent for making images pop off of the screen (just watch 5 minutes of any “Queen Sugar” episode for proof) and she uses that ability in abundance here. Meg’s father Dr. Alex Murray (played by Chris Pine) is housed in one of the most gorgeously spellbinding prisons I’ve ever seen conceived. Stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon are styled in makeup, wardrobe, and hair that rival rainbows in their exuberance. And Meg and her friends seem stuck right at the line between terrified and astonished.


The other major aspect at work in this trailer is the diversity of the cast. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon each play supernatural beings. Meg’s parents are played by Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Other roles are filled by André Holland, Michael Peña, and Zach Galifianakis. For a family-friendly film about breaking from conformity, it is definitely practicing what it preaches.

But above all of this, the trailer will give you chills. The acting looks sharp, the special effects are mesmerizing, and “Sweet Dreams” from the Eurythmics only adds to the magic.

Watch the trailer below:


Photo credit: Disney

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.