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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle in Time'

Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and relative newcomer Storm Reid are on the call sheet for this Disney sci-fi fantasy.
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Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and relative newcomer Storm Reid are on the call sheet for this Disney sci-fi fantasy.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in 2014’s Beyond the Lights, is joining the high-profile cast of Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time in a key role.

Ava DuVernay is directing the project, which has a script by Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are the A-listers surrounding rising actress Storm Reid, who is leading the cast of the studio’s take on Madeleine L’Engle’s children’s book.

The Newbery Medal-winning book centers on Meg Murry (Reid), a young girl traumatized by the disappearance of her scientist father years before. She finds herself on an interplanetary journey with a schoolmate and her younger brother to find her father. They are aided by a trio of supernatural beings, Mrs. Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Winfrey).

In a nod to modern America, the studio has made the family mixed-race. Mbatha-Raw will play the mother, made anxious over losing her husband. (The search for the actor to play the father, who will be white, is still underway.)

A late fall shoot beginning in Atlanta is being prepped.

Mbatha-Raw is finding herself in demand this year. She worked with Disney earlier in 2016 on its live-action reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, which will bow in March, and recently wrapped the J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller God Particle. The actress, who co-starred opposite Will Smith in Concussion, will next be seen with Jessica Chastain in EuropaCorp’s gun drama Miss Sloane.

Mbatha-Raw is repped by CAA.

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