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Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling in Talks to Join Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle in Time' (Exclusive)
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are in negotiations to star in A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay and Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s book.
The Newbery Medal-winning book centers on a young girl who finds herself on an interplanetary journey with a schoolmate and her younger brother to locate her missing father, a scientist. They are aided on their quest by a trio of supernatural beings, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which.
Witherspoon will play Mrs. Whatsit, a former celestial being who looks like a grandmotherly hobo, and Kaling will play the literature-quoting Mrs. Who. The duo will join Oprah Winfrey, who is already on board to play Mrs. Which.
DuVernay is directing the project, which has a script by Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. Jim Whitaker is producing with Catherine Hand. Tendo Nagenda and Jessica Virtue are overseeing for the studio.
A November start in Los Angeles is scheduled.
For Witherspoon, Wrinkle in Time marks the first Disney movie she will do since her 2002 hit Sweet Home Alabama. The actress recently wrapped Big Little Lies, HBO’s prestige miniseries directed by Jean-Marc Vallee that she executive produced with Nicole Kidman. Witherspoon also voices a character in this fall’s animated feature, Sing. She also is due to shoot Home Again for Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the daughter of filmmaker Nancy Meyers, this fall.
Kaling, who voiced the character Disgust in the Oscar-winning Inside Out, is the star of Hulu's The Mindy Project and is in prep on the all-female version of Ocean’s 11 titled Ocean's Ocho.
Witherspoon is repped by CAA, LBI, and Hansen Jacobson; Kaling is repped by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.