Only two months remain before Disney premieres its big-budget big-screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy book classic A Wrinkle in Time. Following a series of TV spots and character image posters that came out since the initial teasers from from last year, a final official trailer has now been put out that’s just as visually out there as the ones that came before.
While several of the scenes in trailer 3 of A Wrinkle in Time have been recycled from past ones, there are some new elements here that flesh out the movie narrative some more without unreasonably spoiling the major details already shared before. Storm Reid is as always in top form as the brilliant but emotionally hurting Meg Murry, who is pining for her missing scientist father while going through a difficult school life.
We’ve already seen Meg reach interact with her classmate Calvin O’Keefe (Levi Miller) by explaining her dad’s “wrinkle” instant travel theory, but now we see how their surreal psychedelic adventure begins when the Murrys’ strange neighbor Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) invites them and Meg’s little brother Charles (Deric McCabe) to join her in searching for Dr. Murry (Chris Pine), which entails some universal travel.
Disney has quite the relationship with A Wrinkle in Time; they first produced a TV movie version of the book for ABC back in 2003. The constraints of a low budget meant not much could be done in terms of visual storytelling, and author Madeleine L’Engle was herself quite let down by it.
This time the feature film remake looks ready to translate the surreal atmosphere of the book and even go beyond it. Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Frozen writer Jennifer Lee, A Wrinkle in Time also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Peña. Catch it on cinemas this March 9.