'A Wrinkle in Time' Cast Stuns on Cover of 'Time' -- See Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey & Mindy Kaling!
By Emily Krauser
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As if you didn't already think Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling were ethereal beings, they had to go ahead and straight up stun in TIME.
Along with their A Wrinkle in Time co-star Storm Reid, the trio graced the cover of the magazine's latest issue in what are destined to become iconic photos. All four were photographed wearing black shirts and pink lipstick, their hair slicked back as they stared thoughtfully into the beyond.
The film's director, Ava DuVernay, was all about it, tweeting, "I can't even... It's just too beautiful."
The stars chimed in as well. Witherspoon wrote, "Thank you @TIME for this 💥 cover! Change is coming. Stay tuned," while Kaling seconded, "watch out 2018." Winfrey tweeted, "So looking forward to you all seeing it."
A Wrinkle in Time is based on Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel of the same name, and it's no surprise that when DuVernay was tasked with bringing the book's powerful guardian angels to life, she looked no further than a diverse set of Hollywood's female powerhouses: Kaling (Mrs. Who), Winfrey (Mrs. Which) and Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit).
"I wasn’t just casting for actresses. I was casting for leaders -- icons," DuVarney explained. "Reese is the hottest producer in town. Oprah's the most prolific, venerable legend of television and an artist and entrepreneur. And Mindy’s one of the few women running a show with her name, about her."
"When I think about the three of them together as a unit of celestial beings, it feels right," she added.
On top of that, with the film being more than 60 years in the making, there will be plenty of hype and expectation to live up to when it hits theatres on March 9, 2018 -- something the actresses felt while they were filming. “I felt like we were making the new Wizard of Oz for another generation," Winfrey admitted to the mag.
As for DuVernay, she never expected a call from Disney, explaining, "Women directors, we’re not getting people just saying, ‘Hey, let’s talk about this $100 million sci-fi epic.'" In fact, she never read the book as a child and told TIME that she didn't immediately accept the job.
It was a Disney executive named Tendo Nagenda who convinced the director to take on the film. "'Ava, imagine the worlds you can create,'” she recalled him telling her. "And I said, 'Worlds?' He said, 'There are planets, and you get to decide what they look like.' I was just like, 'I do?'... How many women hear that? How many people of color hear that?"
Witherspoon, for one, appreciated DuVernay's attention to detail, both in the film's production and the diversity she demanded in every aspect of its existence.
"I’ve never seen somebody demand inclusiveness like that,” the Big Little Lies star explained. "It’s just a different perspective, and you don’t get that unless we start to have powerful filmmakers of different colors, different genders. You’re just gonna have the same 20 dudes making the same 20 movies over and over and over again."
Winfrey felt the same way, saying, "I looked at her in her jeans and sneakers and those dreads out there calling it. It’s just the coolest damn thing to watch her with those big-ass machines. It just feels like, OK, next generation: there you are."
There are of course some delightful dudes in the movie, as well. The rest of the star-studded cast includes Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Rowan Blanchard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, André Holland, Deric McCabe and Levi Miller.