'Moonlight' Star, 'Pan' Actor Join Disney's 'A Wrinkle in Time'

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Andre Holland, one of the star of Moonlight, and Levi Miller, who starred in last year’s Pan, have joined the cast of Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, the studio announced Tuesday.

The movie, which has Ava DuVernay sitting in the director’s chair, begins shooting Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Disney calls its take a reimagining of the award-winning novel by Madeline L’Engle and the muscular cast includes such names as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Rising actress Storm Reid is the center of the pic, starring as Meg Murry, a young girl traumatized by the disappearance of her scientist father (Pine) 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).

Holland will play the principal at Murry’s school, while Miller will play Murry’s friend that journeys with her.

Also joining the production on the eve of starting are Deric McCabe, Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard and Will McCormack.

"Since Day One, this experience has shimmered with the promise and possibility, the passion and power that only great stories offer,” DuVernay said in Disney's announcement. "And Madeline L'Engle's book is a great story indeed. A cool, quirky tale of an imperfect girl on an otherworldly expedition that has been praised and banned, dissected and celebrated the world over for more than 50 years. On behalf of all the filmmakers, artists and craftspeople in our Wrinkle in Time family, we are genuinely thrilled by and truly grateful for the opportunity to make this film together.”

The movie will shoot in California with two weeks in New Zealand. Jim Whitaker (Pete’s Dragon) and Catherine Hand are producing.

Holland appeared in DuVernay’s Selma and was seen on The Knick and recently on American Horror Story.