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PHOTO: Cast of 'A Wrinkle in Time' Appears on Time Magazine Cover

For fans of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 literary classic A Wrinkle in Time, the news of a live-action film adaption set for release in 2018 came as a pleasant surprise.


Helmed by acclaimed director Ava DuVernay, the film set out to assemble a rockstar cast that could capture the essence of the book that has been a part of so many childhoods.

And boy did it live up to those expectations, casting powerful, iconic women like Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon, as Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, respectively, alongside newcomer Storm Reid as the central character, Meg.

For TIME magazine's newest issue looking ahead to what 2018 has in store, there was no better way to ring in the upcoming new year than to feature those fierce women on their cover.

And they look as regal as ever:

TIME shared their animated version of the cover on Twitter as well:

The pose, with the women all in black looking wistfully into the distance, definitely captures the essence of not only the exit of a tumultuous year, especially for women, but also the epic and mysterious nature of A Wrinkle in Time.

Our current political and social climate seems especially fitting for an adaption of the novel, which TIME describes as being "about what it means to be a source of light in a world in which darkness seems only to proliferate."

As a book with a female heroine who is encouraged to make her own decisions, it's also the perfect choice to encourage independent thinking and promote female empowerment.

And for DuVernay and Winfrey, who didn't read the book as children (it "missed" their neighborhoods), it was a chance to assemble a cast that reflects the diversity of the times we are living in.

From the reaction on Twitter, it seems like a great decision:

2018 can't get here quickly enough:

Check out the trailer below:

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H/T: Twitter, TIME