Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Casts Its Young Lead

Rising star Storm Reid joins Madeleine L’Engle adaptation

Last Updated: September 13, 2016 @ 3:33 PM

Up-and-coming actress Storm Reid has booked the lead role in Disney’s forthcoming adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s book “A Wrinkle in Time,” TheWrap has learned.

Ava DuVernay is directing the film. The screenplay was written by “Frozen” writer and co-director Jennifer Lee.

Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are also looking to board the movie and are in various stages of talks.

Reid made her big-screen debut in the Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave. She got her first leading role on television in “American Girl: Lea to the Rescue.” Then, she appeared in the Sundance sci-fi drama “Sleight.”

“A Wrinkle in Time” centers on Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is traumatized by the disappearance of her gifted-scientist father.

Meg finds herself transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin O’Keefe, to find her father and rescue him from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.

They are aided on their journey by Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Winfrey).

The studio is looking for a an actor of color to play Calvin O’Keefe.

DuVernay is hoping to break ground with “A Wrinkle in Time” by making a big tentpole movie with a diverse cast.

Reid is repped by Stella Alex from the Savage Agency, Principato-Young Entertainment, and Felker Toczek.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news about Reid.