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“A Wrinkle in Time” adds Chris Pine Gugu Mbatha-Raw to cast

awrinkleintime-disney-206656Chris Pine (Wonder Woman, Star Trek film series) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Doctor Who) have joined the cast of Ava DuVernay’s and Disney’s live-action feature film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s book, A Wrinkle in Time.

The Newbery Medal-winning book follows a young girl named Meg Murry who is traumatized by the loss of her scientist father after he goes missing. Determined to find him, Meg embarks on a journey to a mysterious fifth dimension and comes across some incredible creatures along the way.

According to Deadline, Pine will play Dr. Alex Murray, Meg’s father, and according to Variety, Mbatha-Raw will portray microbiologist Dr. Kate Murray, who is Alex’s wife and the Meg’s mother.

They join a cast that already features Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple) as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling (The Office) as Mrs. Who, and Twelve Years a Slave actress Storm Reid starring as Meg Murry.

A Wrinkle in Time was originally published in 1961 and is the first in a four-book series. Cartoonist Hope Larson adapted the story into a graphic novel published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2012. A Wrinkle in Time was previously adapted into a made for television movie that aired on ABC in 2004.

The film is being directed by Selma-helmer Ava DuVernay, based on a script by Frozen co-writer Jennifer Lee.

A Wrinkle in Time is still without a theatrical release date.

Does the addition of Chris Pine add some stronger credibility to this project? Would you prefer to see someone else in the role of Dr. Alex Murray? Is this a good role for Chris Pine to take on?
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