D23 attendees were treated to the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated A Wrinkle in Time starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and newcomer Storm Reid. The adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard, and Zach Galifianakis.
The epic adventure takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.
The trailer, which premiered at the D23 expo, establishes a distinct tone and look from director Ava DuVernay. Set to a cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”, it starts with a bearded Dr. Alex Murry (Pine), explaining travel through space and time. Mrs. Which (Winfrey) explains how he has accomplished something great and also dangerous, as he has been captured. Now it’s up to Megan (Reid) to help rescue him.
We then see the collapse of a forest as the world snaps in two, as well as flashes of Kaling, Witherspoon, and Winfrey in ornate costumes. From there are snippets of action sequences and eventually cuts to a Stepford Wives-type nightmarish neighborhood before showing children running from catastrophe, concluding with Mrs. Which saying “The only thing faster than light is darkness.”
DuVernay’s adaptation certainly seems epic and promises to bring to life the fantastical adventure from the book.
A Wrinkle in Time is slated to open in theaters March 9, 2018.