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:
I can't even... It's just too beautiful. @WrinkleInTime https://t.co/59dIbRbJRK— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1513607487.0
TIME shared their animated version of the cover on Twitter as well:
TIME’s new cover: Why ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ will change Hollywood https://t.co/sRFWLQIzS1 https://t.co/HqUFrpO6P5— TIME (@TIME)1513603803.0
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."
Our Time Magazine cover story on WRINKLE IN TIME! What a ride! This fab article misses the producer who I lean on m… https://t.co/HBOVGxORB7— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1513606736.0
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:
Well this is the new background on my phone https://t.co/j2j4npq6An— Ashley C. Ford (@Ashley C. Ford)1513607772.0
@ava @WrinkleInTime https://t.co/dzr1aAAQ59— 💥Meg💥 (@💥Meg💥)1513607960.0
So. Excited. “I wasn’t just casting for actresses. I was casting for leaders—icons,” DuVernay says of choosing Min… https://t.co/z5WwquVbms— Leigh Kimberling (@Leigh Kimberling)1513600570.0
@ava @WrinkleInTime Sends shivers down my spine in a good way! Fantastic cover, makes me anticipate the film even more, if that's possible!— Justine (@Justine)1513609659.0
*lightly crumples a page* me: look...it's a wrinkle in @TIME https://t.co/yfU6eao7pW— Nolan Feeney (@Nolan Feeney)1513609129.0
This aside is the best part of the Wrinkle in Time cover story. https://t.co/8A5nQfYkY6 https://t.co/PwIj7gFY47— Matt Jacobs (@Matt Jacobs)1513610019.0
2018 can't get here quickly enough:
@ava @WrinkleInTime A long, long time ago the book entered a little ten year old girl's heart and never left. I ca… https://t.co/nKSjkNqzzq— cinnamontangles (@cinnamontangles)1513607879.0
I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time during school and I very much didn’t like it lol so hopefully the new movie is lit— . (@.)1513609020.0
A Wrinkle in Time was one of the most memorable and impactful books I read as a kid - after I learned English. It o… https://t.co/WC8YxkHcoz— Michal Lev-Ram (@Michal Lev-Ram)1513607780.0
@ava @WrinkleInTime My daughter is getting the complete boxed set for Christmas. It's a must-see. I cry every time I watch the trailer.— Jamie-goes-brightly (@Jamie-goes-brightly)1513608407.0
I'm so excited to watch the movie this March based on the book where I first encountered the word "tesseract". Why… https://t.co/wsWfptRh1R— Katie Moussouris (@Katie Moussouris)1513611132.0
2018 is already looking better. https://t.co/phAWR7Shk9— Bryann Paul Aguilar (@Bryann Paul Aguilar)1513609698.0
Check out the trailer below:
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